Florence Pugh will likely be gracing Arrakis with the elegance and magnificence she showed fans in the 2019 drama “Little Women” and the 2021 action/adventure film “Black Widow.” As per Variety, the Academy Awards-nominated star is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment to join the “Dune” sequel cast.
If her casting is confirmed, the actress will play Princess Irulan and share romantic engagements with the dashing Timothée Chalamet, who plays Paul Atreides. Fans believe this combo alone could make the film even more successful than the first and hope production will kick off soon. Read on to find out more.
When Will The Film’s Production Start?
The expected time for the production of “Dune: Part 2” to start is in the summer of 2022, as the movie is scheduled for release on October 20th, 2023. Fans hope the release isn’t affected or moved, as they can’t wait to meet their favorite stars from the first film on-screen again.
The likes of Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Javier Braden, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Stella Skarsgård will be reprising their roles from “Dune.” The director of the first movie, Denis Villeneuve, will also return for the second film.
Villeneuve has been credited for his skill, as fans wondered how he managed to make a cinematically and commercially successful film from a book many believed was unadaptable. This was an upgrade from how things went with the 1984 version of “Dune” directed by David Lynch and influenced by the same book.
Why Lynch’s ‘Dune’ Failed
While the first book isn’t as complex as the rest of Herbert’s books, its reputation for being “unfilmable” or “unadaptable” came from a couple of failed attempts by renowned directors to bring it to the big screen.
According to critics, Lynch’s 1984 film did a great job following the novel’s storyline; however, the viewing experience ruined the film. Several reviews complained about his ridiculous decision to fit the whole plot into two hours of film. This made it difficult to follow the movie’s plot, as it felt “rushed.”
A mini-series of the book was also created in 2000; however, it was almost as unsuccessful as Lynch’s. Critics believed that vital parts of the plot were left out, and it failed to do justice to the characters. It was, therefore, a relief for fans that the third version was a charm.
Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Was Very Successful
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Villeneuve’s decision to split the plot into two movies seems to have been the trick all along, as it allowed room for development of the complex plot which fans believe “Dune” has. “Dune” grossed close to $400 million worldwide and was nominated up to 10 times for the 94th Oscar Awards.
The nominations include best-adapted screenplay and best picture. The movie’s reception generally indicated that the film was successful, as there were several reviews commending the film’s ability to deliver.
Fans hope that the second film will do justice to the book and be as successful as the first film was. If Pugh is confirmed for the film, this will be a big step in that direction for fans.
Pugh Has A Lot Of Projects Lined Up
Fans of the 2021 mini-series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Hawkeye,” definitely can’t wait to see Pugh on-screen again, in an entirely different universe. The star featured in the mini-series as her marvel character, Yelena Romanoff, aka “Black Widow.”
The star’s other future projects include her role in the upcoming Christopher Nolan film, “Oppenheimer,” where she will star alongside Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, and Emily Blunt. She will also appear in the Olivia Wilde directed “Don’t Worry Darling” and the 2022 Netflix film “The Wonder,” directed by Sebastián Lelio.