Javier Bardem Gives ‘Dune 2’ Update, Says Sequel Will Surprise People
Critically, “Dune” is one of the most successful studio films in recent memory. Denis Villeneuve’s sprawling version of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed hard-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 conjure up some of the novel’s unique machines have left fans feeling like the franchise is in capable hands moving forward. Many moviegoers 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.
Appearing at the Cannes Film Festival for a wide range of Q&As as part of the festival’s 75th anniversary celebration, Bardem shared some details about the upcoming sequel and his excitement to start working on it (via Deadline)
“I read the new draft,” Bardem said. “And I think they’ve done an incredible job of putting the pieces together in a way that’s going to surprise people. They 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 full film, and we feel its weight, and at the same time [you can enjoy] its spectacular character. [I can’t wait] to go back to the desert with these people, and I’m so happy to go back with Denis, who is one of the greatest directors of all time. He’s a lovely man.
Bardem will reprise his role as Fremen leader Stilgar in the upcoming sequel, but this may not be the last chance he gets to play the character. While Denis Villeneuve originally envisioned “Dune” as a two-part movie, he recently announced that the franchise might not have to end with the next film.
“There’s the second ‘Dune’ book, ‘Le Messie de Dune’, which could make an extraordinary movie,” Villeneuve said recently. “I always saw that there could be a trilogy; we’ll see after. It’s years of work; I can’t think of going any further than that.
Warner Bros. “Dune: Part 2” will be released exclusively in theaters on October 20, 2023.