Movies - Dune : Part Two Star-Studded Cast and Epic Vision at Paris Press Conference

By Mulder, Paris, Hotel Le Bristol, 13 february 2024

Our media team attended today's press conference for the film Dune: Part twoI in the presence of director Denis Villeneuve and some of the cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub and Stellan Skarsgård. The cast answered host Joe Jume's many questions, based on those posed by the press present beforehand. You can see photos of the press conference on our Flickr page, as well as short extracts from it.

Warner Bros. Pictures, in collaboration with Legendary Entertainment, proudly announces the impending release of Dune: Part Two, the highly anticipated 2024 American epic science fiction film directed by the visionary Denis Villeneuve. Following the critical and commercial triumph of Dune (2021), this sequel, based on Frank Herbert's monumental 1965 novel, marks the second installment of a two-part cinematic odyssey.

Dune: Part Two resumes the spellbinding journey of Paul Atreides, portrayed with captivating nuance by the talented Timothée Chalamet. United with the Fremen people on the harsh desert planet Arrakis, Paul endeavors to lead them to victory in the war against House Harkonnen, all while seeking revenge against those who orchestrated the destruction of his family. The star-studded ensemble cast, including Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem, reprises their roles from the first film. Joining this illustrious lineup are new additions Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub.

The genesis of Dune: Part Two dates back to 2016 when Legendary Entertainment acquired the film and television rights for the Dune series. Director Denis Villeneuve, who committed to the project in 2017, envisioned a two-part adaptation to capture the depth and intricacy of Herbert's seminal work. Despite initial uncertainties about the sequel's fate, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment greenlit the film in October 2021, buoyed by the immense success of the first installment.

Principal photography unfolded against mesmerizing backdrops in Budapest, Italy, and Abu Dhabi, taking place between July and December 2022. The film was shot exclusively using digital IMAX certified cameras, promising audiences a visual spectacle of unparalleled magnitude.

Dune: Part Two is a collaborative effort led by director Denis Villeneuve, producer Mary Parent, and executive producers Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison, and Herbert W. Gain. The film's creative consultant, Kevin J. Anderson, ensures the fidelity of the adaptation.

The acclaimed Hans Zimmer returns to compose the film's score, building on the atmospheric brilliance that enriched the first installment. Zimmer, having composed over 90 minutes of music before the film's official announcement, sets the tone for a gripping cinematic experience.

The journey doesn't conclude with Dune: Part Two. Director Denis Villeneuve has expressed keen interest in a third film based on Dune Messiah, the second novel in the series, with plans contingent on the success of Dune: Part Two. Furthermore, a television spin-off series, Dune: Prophecy, is also part of Villeneuve's expansive vision.

Dune: Part Two has already garnered recognition with nominations for Best Fantasy Adventure and The Don LaFontaine Award for Best Voice Over at the 2023 Golden Trailer Awards. The film was also nominated for Most Anticipated Film at the 6th Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Film Awards.

Mark your calendars for March 1, 2024, as Dune: Part Two prepares to transport audiences to a breathtaking world filled with intricate characters, compelling drama, and awe-inspiring visuals. The release date follows a series of adjustments, reflecting Warner Bros. Pictures' commitment to delivering the film to audiences in optimal conditions.

You can discover our photos in our Flickr page

Synopsis : 
In Dune: Part II, Paul Atreides joins forces with Chani and the Fremen to lead the revolt against those who destroyed his family. Haunted by dark premonitions, he finds himself faced with the greatest of dilemmas: choosing between the love of his life and the fate of the universe.

Dune: Part Two
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Denis Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts
Based on Dune by Frank Herbert
Produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Denis Villeneuve, Tanya Lapointe, Patrick McCormick
Starring  Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem
Cinematography : Greig Fraser
Edited by Joe Walker
Music by Hans Zimmer
Production company : Legendary Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date : February 28, 2023 (France), March 1, 2024 (United Sttes), 
Running time : 166 minutes

Photos and video : Boris Colletier / Mulderville