Denis Villeneuve has revealed that pre-production on ‘Dune: Part Two’ has begun.
The director’s directorial debut based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic adaptation won six Oscars at the Oscars last night (27.03.22), and ahead of the ceremony the 54-year-old filmmaker revealed preparations were already in progress for the second leaf.
Speaking to ET Canada, Denis said; “It’s going to be intense. I’m in preparation right now. Monday morning, as soon as we leave Los Angeles, it will be to begin to continue with the preparation.
Remaining tight-lipped about what’s to come, he added: “I can’t say anything about the film – I don’t like to talk about projects as I make them – but it will probably be the biggest challenge of my life. career, again, because it’s even more complex than part 1.
The filmmaker recently declined to confirm if it’s true that Florence Pugh is joining the cast of the sequel.
The director played coy and insisted “there have been rumours” about the 26-year-old ‘Black Widow’ star taking on the role of Princess Irulan, the daughter of Emperor Shaddam IV, which has not yet been chosen.
However, he teased, “It’s going to be another great trip in the desert.
“This is the journey where Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, get in touch with the Fremen culture and meet the Fremen.
“It’s Paul’s journey against the enemy… It’s a film that will be more cinematic.”
There has also been talk of Austin Butler to play Feyd-Rautha.
The 30-year-old ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ actor is reportedly in talks to play Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s sadistic young nephew, who is the nemesis of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet).
Sting played Feyd-Rautha in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of the epic novel of the same name.
‘Dune: Part 2’ will see Timothee, Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica) and Zendaya (Chani) reprise all of their roles, and Denis recently admitted it will be “more difficult” than the first film.
He said: “I will say it’s mostly designed. What helps us right now is that it’s my first time revisiting a universe. So I’m working with the same crew, everyone knows what to do, we know what it will look like.
“The movie will be more difficult, but we know where we’re coming in. And the script is written. So I’m confident. Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.”