Princess Irulan is an important and powerful character who features throughout many of the 'Dune' novels.
Dune: Part Two has officially entered production with the first behind-the-scenes image revealing the sequel’s new logline.
The first official set photo from Dune: Part Two was shared on Twitter from the verified Dune movie account. The image was accompanied by the caption, “We’re rolling. Production on Dune: Part Two has begun.” The clapperboard shown in the photo bears the “Part Two” subtitle, as well as a new logline for the Dune sequel – “Long live the fighters!” This is presumably a reference to the Fremen forces being gathered by Paul Atreides to fight off the Harkonnens.
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We now also have our first glimpse of new addition Florence Pugh, who joins the sequel as Princess Irulan, reported Comicbook. The image has been unveiled, courtesy of Twitter user Florence Pugh Daily and shows Pugh in costume during pre-production at the Brion Tomb near Altivole, Italy.
Princess Irulan is an important and powerful character who features throughout many of the Dune novels. While the character does not play a major role in the first Dune novel, with Pugh on board, it is likely that Princess Irulan’s part will have been expanded for the adaptation.
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The rumors of Pugh joining Dune 2 had been floating for a long time now. And, in this case, the rumors turned out to be very true, with the hugely talented actress joining the likes of Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in the highly anticipated follow-up to director Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation of the seminal novel by Frank Herbert.
Pugh is joined in the film by Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, and Josh Brolin, who are all returning from the first film. Dune: Part Two will also see Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Austin Butler join the cast.
‘Dune 2’ is now filming 🎬 pic.twitter.com/m6LtwfS79P— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) July 18, 2022
"It's going to be another beautiful journey in the desert again," Villeneuve previously explained. "It's the journey where Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, make contact with the Fremen culture and meet with the Fremen. It's Paul's journey against the enemy … it's a movie that will be more cinematic."
With the first movie covering roughly the first half of the novel, Dune: Part Two will tackle the rest. The sequel is expected to focus on Paul who assembles a massive army of Fremen to combat the ruthless Harkonnen, as he essentially becomes a mythical messiah figure to the inhabitants of Arrakis.
"Dune Messiah is the next book, and it's one of three books with Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune, that covers the lives of the characters we meet in the first novel," Jon Spaihts, who wrote both the parts of the movie, explained to The Playlist earlier this year. "Subsequently, there's a giant leap in time and the series gets stranger and more epic as it carries on. But Dune Messiah picks up years after the close of Dune, and yes, Denis has talked seriously about making that film as well, as a conclusion of the trilogy. Dune Messiah is a very interesting book, which in some ways, deconstructs Dune and plays as a cautionary tale, even more than Dune does, about the dangers of blending religion and politics, the hazards of following charismatic leaders, and the dangerous struggle that's always alive between the individual and institutions."
‘DUNE 2’ has begun filming. pic.twitter.com/pfWf9r3kww— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 18, 2022
Dune: Part Two is set to be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.