According to Deadline, full production on Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated action sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two is scheduled to begin later this month on July 21 which is expected to take place once again in Budapest, Hungary. The outlet notes that the Timothee Chalamet-led second installment has already started pre-filming in Italy, which is reportedly being shot at the Carlo Scarpa.
The film’s release date was recently pushed back for nearly a month from October 20, 2023 to November 17, 2023, which will now pit the film against two high-profile films including the dystopian prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and the fantasy comedy If starring John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds.
Dune: Part Two will once again be directed by Denis Villeneuve. The returning cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Joining them is Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, and Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot.
Last year, Dune has gone to garner critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Earlier this year it also racked up a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations and has won six of it including Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects.
Production is expected to begin this July. It is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 20, 2023.