Javier Bardem releases ‘Dune 2’ update and says the sequel will surprise people

From a critical point of view, “Dune” is one of the most successful studio films of recent history. Denis Villeneuve’s sprawling take on Frank Herbert’s notoriously difficult-to-film sci-fi novel received rave reviews and a Best Picture nomination when it was released last fall. Villeneuve’s unique vision for the desert planet of Arrakis and his ability to summon some of the novel’s unique machines left fans feeling like the franchise was progressing in capable hands. Many movie buffs are eagerly awaiting the second half of his adaptation, which is set to hit theaters next October. And apparently Javier Bardem is one of them.

Bardem appeared at the Cannes Film Festival for a wide-ranging Q&A as part of the festival’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and shared some details about the upcoming sequel and his excitement at starting work on it (via Deadline)

“I read the new draft,” Bardem said. “And I think they did a great job putting the pieces together in a way that will surprise people. You won’t be surprised [by what happens], obviously because they’ve read the book, but they’ll be surprised at how they put it together. I was very moved by it. It’s a film that’s full and you can feel its weight, and at the same time [you can enjoy] the spectacularity of it. [I can’t wait] going back to the desert with these people and I’m so happy to be going back with Denis who is one of the greatest directors of all time. He is a lovely man.”

Bardem will reprise his role as Fremen leader Stilgar in the upcoming sequel, but it may not be the last opportunity he gets to play the character. While Denis Villeneuve originally envisioned Dune as a two-part film, he has recently hinted that the franchise may not have to end with the next film.

“There’s Dune’s second book, ‘The Messiah of Dune,’ which could make an extraordinary film,” said Villeneuve recently. “I always saw that there could be a trilogy; then we’ll see. It’s years of work; I can’t imagine going any further.”

Warner Bros. is bringing Dune: Part 2 to theaters exclusively on October 20, 2023.

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