Dune 2 Two slated for October 2023, fans and cast members alike will have some time to brush up on their knowledge of Arrakis and the Bene Gesserit before the film begins production. Despite director Denis Villeneuve’s claims that filming would not begin until the fall of 2022, a producer present at a screening of the picture revealed to reporter Josh Encinias confirmed in his Twitter post that the producer of Dune Part 2 just revealed they will begin filming on July 18, 2022.
Collider reported that the sequel to the science-fiction series, which is based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, is said to focus more on Zendaya’s character Chani, an acolyte of Arrakis’s Sietch Tabr and the character who summons Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) to his fate, who some fans were disappointed to learn has only a small role in Dune. Villeneuve is said to have already started writing the sequel’s script before the project was ever approved:
“I’m writing [Part Two] now, and I feel like I’m eight years old again. That’s very uncommon for me. It’s the first time I’ve experienced it where I’m watching one of my movies, and I have a moment of deep gratitude, of deep joy, and I say, ‘Thank you, life, for having allowed me to bring that to the screen.’ [laughs] I don’t know how other people will feel about it. But me? Denis Villeneuve when he was 14 years old? Thank you.”
With Dune’s worldwide box office approaching $300 million, it’s virtually no surprise that a sequel to Paul Atreides’ narrative has been approved, but even so, two years will be a long time to wait to see his story concluded. However, Dune: Part Two will be released in 2023 alongside Wonka, which will also feature Chalamet, as well as Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Exorcist, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.