Dune Part 2 Trailer 3 Breakdown

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by | Dec 14, 2023 | Film & TV

We compare the novel with the events depicted in the latest trailer for Dune 2 by Denis Villeneuve

The Dune 2 Latest Trailer

The much delayed Dune 2 will be released (barring any more strikes) in March 2024, promotion is ramping up with the cast starting the press tour and a new trailer, that showcases some of the action we can expect in Denis Villeneuve’s latest movie. Have a watch of the trailer then we’ll look at some of the detail.

Massive spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the book!

Dune Part 2 Trailer 3 Breakdown

So what does this reveal? We left Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and Jessica Atreides (Rebecca Ferguson) in the safe hands of the Fremen at the end of the first movie, which feels like a long time ago now.

Bene Gesserit Machinations

The puppet masters behind most of the events in Dune are the ancient female only order of the Bene Gesserit, who have been meddling and manipulating the bloodlines of the royal houses for centuries. Worlds have been seeded with propaganda and superstition across the galaxy in an attempt to direct and protect their work

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Jessica Atreides, as the seitch Reverend Mother?

Their aim is to create a super being who has a totality of consciousness spanning millennia, and crucially this ‘Kwisatz Haderach’ would be controlled by them. They were getting tantalisingly close to realising this goal when one of their own throws a spanner in the works, The Lady Jessica, concubine (in Dune the future is feudal and still a patriarchy) of Duke Leto Atreides goes and falls in love with him. Instead of bearing a daughter that the Sisterhood had directed her to, she bore her duke the son he desired (yep, still all about the boys isn’t it?).

This son, Paul Atreides poses several problems, the Sisterhood had planned an Atreides daughter to be mated with a Harkonnen son who would go on to produce the Kwisatz Haderach as their offspring. Jessica short circuited all of that and Paul is the one who will reap the prophecy, along with his sister…

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The Water of Life

So this trailer features a fair bit of the Sisterhood getting hot under the collar, it also focuses on Jessica as the Reverend Mother of the Fremen and shows the water of life (a massive dose of the drug known as Spice) that she imbibes whilst pregnant – which is a big no-no, yet the trailer doesn’t show her daughter, Alia, who has a significant role in the novel by Frank Herbert. Is she going to be a surprise, or have they cut her role down? Which would be weird considering she is pivotal to the resolution of this story and instrumental in the following books.

Where is Alia Atreides?

We have to assume that the movie makers are keeping Alia a closely guarded secret (but only from anyone who hasn’t read the book). Jessica’s unborn daughter gets a massive dose of Spice in the water of life ceremony and becomes aware of all her ancestors memories in the womb. The Sisterhood has used this technique to ensure continuity down the centuries, but Alia becomes something much more. When born she can talk after just a few days and as a toddler becomes basically an adult with access to untold wisdom and knowledge, part of which is that the Baron Harkonnen is her and Pauls grandfather.

Meet the bad guy: Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen

Debauched, corrupt, sadistic and more arrogant than Donald Trump, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (Austin Butler) is the ultimate villain. Which is saying something when his uncle is the Baron (Stellan Skarsgård) and his brother the ‘Beast’ Rabban (Dave Bautista).

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Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen doing some killing

Austin Butler is boasting the Harkonnen no hair, no eyebrows and a frown look and is every bit the venal character from the book. Incidentally the film has trod lightly around Herberts depiction of the Baron as being a grossly fat predatory homosexual, which dates the novel to a time when villainy was all too often equated with being disfigured, disabled or gay – just like all of the Bond villains. The trailer really just sets him up as this movies Harkonnen baddie, when the story has a deeper intertwining political struggle with the ‘major houses’ and the Padishah Emperor, here played by Christopher Walken. Also his daughter, the Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh) plays a major role with the Bene Gesserit pushing her into the frame as Paul’s future wife, reducing Chani to the level of concubine. Maybe the movie will change some of these story threads, neither Chani or Irulan are particularly well developed characters in the novel.

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The Padishah Emperor

Things go so bad on Arrakis for the Harkonnen’s that the Emperor himself intervenes with legions of his Sardaukar troops, the image below might be the Emperor’s ship landing.

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The Emperor arrives?

In the novel the Emperor’s base on Arakis is described as a huge metal tent like structure, probably the image below – the Fremen and Atreides forces use atomics against it, which could be the next image.

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The Emperors base on Arrakis

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The battle of Arrakis

The Fremen Attack

The climax of the book is the destruction of the Imperial forces on Arrakis and Pauls confrontation with the Emperor, these images prove that it will be an incredible spectacle

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The Fremen riding sandworms into battle

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The Sardaukar flee from the sandworms

Dune 2 looks like it will be a phenomenal movie and a brilliant adaptation of a complex and challenging novel, it will be fascinating to see what they change or leave out!

Written by Iain Hazlewood

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