Dune Part Two: A scintillating spice-filled sci-fi epic to sink your teeth into

8 March 2024, 15:00 | Updated: 8 March 2024, 19:04

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By Jenny Mensah

The next in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel is out now, but what can you expect from the film?

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After much anticipation, Dune Part Two has been unleashed on cinemas around the world.

With its epic landscapes, incredible battle scenes and remarkable Hans Zimmer score, hopes were high for the the next instalment of Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert.

But does it live up to all the hype? Find out what to expect from Dune Part Two, who stars in the cast and what we thought below...

Timothée Chalamet returns in Dune: Part Two
Timothée Chalamet returns in Dune: Part Two. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

When is Dune 2 released?

Dune Part Two was released on 1st March 2024 and is in cinemas now.

Zendaya returns as Chani in Dune: Part Two
Zendaya returns as Chani in Dune: Part Two. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

Who stars in the cast of Dune 2 with Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya?

Dune: Part Two sees the return of Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women) as Paul Atreides, Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, HBO’s Euphoria) as Chani and Rebecca Ferguson (Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) as Lady Jessica Atredies.

Also returning are the likes of Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War) as Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall) as Stilgar and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Juniper) as Reverend Mother Mohiam.

They'll be joined by new additions to the cast Austin Butler (Elvis) as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen and Florence Pugh (Don't Worry Darling, Midsommar) as Princess Irulan Corrino.

Austin Butler stars as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two
Austin Butler stars as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

What happens in Dune 2?

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, the son of a noble family who is entrusted with the protection of the galaxy's most vital element, Spice, which is protected by giant worms. Dune Part Two sees Timothée Chalamet's character become the Messiah of the nomads on the desert planet and explores the price he must pay to become the new ruler of their universe.

Like the film that came two years previously, fans can no doubt expect sumptuous landscapes, epic battle scenes and a beautiful score courtesy of Hans Zimmerman.

Rebecca Ferguson leaves us in safe hands in Dune: Part Two
Rebecca Ferguson leaves us in safe hands in Dune: Part Two. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

What we thought of Dune Part Two:

Denis Villeneuve provides another visual and aural spectacle for the second instalment of the sci-fi epic, which builds on Frank Herbert's world and develops the story for book and film fans alike.

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya's chemistry is evident, as Paul Atreides and Chani's love story unfolds. Plus, get to learn much more about the prophecy as well as the history of the Fremen.

Austin Butler makes for a surprising yet welcome villain, as we're able to see the usually impeccably-coiffed star in a whole new light as the bald and frankly psychopathic Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

Stunning battle scenes, an all-star cast and a sumptuous score all make for 2 hours and 46 mins of a totally captivating and immersive experience, which will leave you totally spellbound and eagerly waiting for part three.

Dune 2 is released in cinemas on 1st March 2024 by Warner Bros. Pictures

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