Dune: Part Two costume designer Jacqueline West explains how the sequel will explore different worlds, like the Harkonnen planet Giedi Prime. The upcoming sequel to 2021’s Dune will continue Paul Atreides’ (Timothée Chalamet) journey to becoming Muad’Dib, as he spends more time with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen tribe. Denis Villeneuve, who helmed the first installment, returns to the director’s chair to conclude the story of Frank Herbert’s first book to the big screen.
During a masterclass at the Doha Film Institute (via Deadline), West explained how the Dune sequel would be different in many ways and how it will explore many worlds that the first film briefly teased. West also explains how every single world in the sequel gets explored and that audiences will appreciate the attention to detail that came with the costume design, cinematography, and production design. Check out what she said about the sequel below:
“In Part Two, you really dive into the different worlds of Dune. We see what the emperor’s world looks like. We go to his planet. We spend a lot of time on Giedi Prime, the Harkonnen planet. We spend a lot of time in Stellan Skarsgård’s [Vladimir Harkonnen] world. Feyd-Rautha [Harkonnen] also comes into this one, brilliantly played by Austin Butler, Elvis. He is pretty fabulous in it.
All the worlds get expanded. It was about creating three separate, different-looking worlds and also revisiting the Bene Gesserits, the age-old ones with these costumes that almost look like Egyptian mummies. I think it’s visually stunning, the sets, the cinematography and the concepts.”
Everything We Know About Dune: Part Two
While not much is known about Dune: Part Two’s plot, the sequel will reunite most of the original cast members alongside new additions. Aside from Chalamet, Zendaya, and Austin Butler, the movie will also include Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem, who reprise their respective roles as Lady Jessica, Gurney Halleck, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Glossu Rabban, Thufir Hawat, Gaius Helen Moiham, and Stilgar. Additionally, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, No Time to Die‘s Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub, respectively, join the sequel as Princess Irulan, Emperor Shaddam IV, Lady Margot, and Shishakli.
The script was written by Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts, and Eric Roth, who also penned the first installment. Hans Zimmer returns to compose the sequel, to which he won an Academy Award for his work on the first installment in 2022. Cinematographer Grieg Fraser, who recently contributed to The Batman, also worked on the sequel. Fraser also won an Oscar for his work on Dune: Part One in 2022 and teased that the sequel will contain more IMAX sequences than the first installment.
While Villeneuve expressed his interest in adapting Herbert’s Dune Messiah, the sequel will lead into the HBO Max television spinoff Dune: The Sisterhood, which stars Travis Fimmel, Emily Watson, and Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Indira Varma. However, production on the show was recently suspended after actress Shirley Henderson, who was slated to play Tula Harkonnen, and director Johan Reck left the project over creative differences. It is unclear when filming on Dune: The Sisterhood will resume again. However, Dune: Part Two will foretell and conclude Frank Herbert’s titular book, with Villeneuve already exceeding the expectations of the challenging adaptation.
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