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Dune: Part Two

Dune: Part Two

2h 46m
moderate violence, bloody images, threat
Dune: Part Two, directed by Denis Villeneuve, delves into the gripping second half of Frank Herbert's iconic novel, as Paul Atreides, portrayed by Timothée Chalamet, navigates the treacherous landscape of power and rebellion. United with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen, Paul seeks revenge for the destruction of House Atreides. With a stellar ensemble cast including newcomers Austin Butler & Florence Pugh, Dune: Part Two promises an enthralling continuation of the Sci-Fi adventure.
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub
Director(s): Denis Villeneuve

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Forgot all about the first chapter?

If, just like us before writing this deep-dive, you need a little refresh on the intricacies of Dune Part One’s plot, keep reading. Here’s a complete breakdown for you.

As much as it is complex, at the core, Dune is a classic game of thrones: it’s all about high-stakes power plays, a fargalaxy, and a valuable substance that controls everyone and everything.

Thousands of years into the future, humans are scattered across the universe, with a House reigning over each planet, all united under one Empire. Power and influence are controlled by the trade of the spice mélange, the rarest substance around; key to interstellar travel, able to extend natural life, and even give the gift of prescience. The spice is found on the planet of Arrakis (Dune), created AND guarded by gigantic sandworms (you must remember those!).

But let’s give a name to all the faces you know and love…

House Atreides

Dune Part One opens as the House Atreides prepare to leave their home – the ocean planet of Caladan. They have been ordered by their Emperor to take over the spice operations on the planet of Arrakis, nicknamed Dune, after its inhospitable landscapes.

Timothée Chalamet is Paul Atreides, heir to the House Atreides, and Dune’s protagonist. From his family, he receives Bene Gesserit and Mentat training, making him an aspiring all-seeing cosmic savant. On Arrakis, Paul learns that ingesting the spice creates hallucinations – thanks to his training, he starts to see fragments of the future, including living with the native people of Arrakis, the Fremen. (more on them below).

Rebecca Ferguson is Lady Jessica, House Atreides’ concubine and Paul’s mother. She’s a high-ranking member of the Bene Gesserit, all-female superhuman group who play with politics through bloodlines and predicted the coming of a Messiah-like figure. Breaking the Bene Gesserit code, Lady Jessica gives birth to a boy and believes that Paul is the messiah they've been waiting for.

Oscar Isaac is Duke Leto, the ruler of House Atreides and Paul’s father. After moving to Arrakis, he quickly discovers the dangers involved in mining the spice, and realises that, to survive, they need to partner with Arrakis’ native people, the Fremen.

Fremen Tribe

Native to the planet of Arrakis (Dune), the Fremen are a tribe of desert warriors who adapted to the incredibly harsh conditions of the desert (they learnt how to RIDE sandworms!!), empowered by the belief that a Messiah will come and bring water and life back to their planet. They resent the presence of foreigners on Arrakis, and employ guerrilla tactics to hinder the harvesting of the spice.

Zendaya is Chani Kynes, a formidable Fremen fighter. She first meets Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica when her travelling Fremen group intercepts them as they were sheltering from a sandworm. Paul had seen her in a prescient vision, so she looks familiar to him, but to her, he’s still a stranger. Cue Dune Part Two…

Javier Bardem is Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen tribe of Arrakis. He embodies the quintessential Fremen traits; he’s a man of loyalty, tradition and faith.

House Harkonnen

House Harkonnen are the bad, bad guys, and previous rulers of Arrakis. They're violent, sinister-looking, and fuelled by hatred, and will do anything to get their spice trade back. After their arrival on Arrakis, the Atreides are attacked by the Harkonnen troops – which, in theory, is a massive betrayal, as the Emperor doesn’t allow infighting within the Houses. However, secretly, he allowed them to do this and even rented out an elite group of soldiers to them.

Stellan Skarsgård is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the ruler of the House Harkonnen. In an attempt to take down the House Atreides, he manages to assassinate one of his main opponents, through a clever game of betrayal and deceit.

Austin Butler is Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the younger nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. He’s a new character present in Dune Part Two, a creepy freakish man who you’ll get to know soon.

House Corrino

An all-powerful shadow in the background of Dune Part One, House Corrino is the reigning family in the Empire. Their intentions in the first chapter are still a little mysterious, but stay tuned!

Christopher Walken is Shaddam IV, the Padishah Emperor and head of the House Corrino. He hasn’t appeared in Villeneuve’s adaptation yet; what we know about him is that he ordered House Atreides to move to Arrakis, and then secretly ordered Harkonnen to attack. Don’t overlook him – he will play a major part in the next chapters.

Florence Pugh is Princess Irulan, the Emperor’s daughter. You will also only get to know her in Dune Part Two; she’s a crucial character going forward.

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