The first round of cast members have been announced.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was built on the assumption that we’d get to see more of it. From the briefest glimpses we get of intriguing characters, like Zendaya’s Chani and Charlotte Rampling’s Gaius Helen Mohiam, to the rumblings of gigantic plot threads - including intergalactic political intrigue, murder and the emergence of a long-prophesied messiah - left hanging… we’d feel pretty short changed if we didn’t get a Dune: Part Two. Thankfully, we know by now it’s on the way, alongside an HBO Max miniseries Dune: The Sisterhood, set 10,000 years before the first film.
Dune: Part Two was officially greenlit in October 2021 for a 2023 release and will continue where the last film left off. There’s also a prequel series in the works over on HBO Max. The first part of Denis Villeneuve’s expansive, contemplative sci-fi epic spends most of its 155-minute run time building bigger and bigger and bigger until it slightly subverts itself. Ending not with an epic battle on the planet Arrakis between Duke Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and the villainous House Harkonnen (lead by an increasingly slug-like Stellan Skårsgard), but instead focusing on Paul’s decision to join the native Fremen tribe (lead by Javier Bardem and featuring Zendaya as the mysterious Chani) and disappear (literally) beneath the dunes.
Since, Denis V himself has said that a third Dune movie is likely to be green-lit. In an interview with Screen Daily, the filmmaker expressed confidence in another sequel based on Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah. “I think Dune Messiah would be a beautiful film,” he told writer Dan Jolin. “And it would complete Paul Atreides’ journey. But I’m going one movie at a time. It’s so difficult, and I’m a bit lazy! But I think three movies is a possibility.”
We think so too, Denis. As such, here is everything we know so far about both Dune: Part Two, the (admittedly more hypothetical) Dune: Part Three and Dune: The Sisterhood TV series.