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“Dune: Part Two” is a 2024 epic science fiction movie from the United States, directed and produced by Denis Villeneuve, who collaborated on the screenplay with Jon Spaihts. Serving as the second installment of a two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same title, it acts as a sequel to “Dune” (2021). 

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The storyline follows Paul Atreides as he forges an alliance with the Fremen inhabitants of the desert planet Arrakis to engage in conflict against House Harkonnen. The cast includes returning actors Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem from the initial film, alongside newcomers Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub.

The journey commenced in 2016 when Legendary Pictures obtained the media rights for the Dune franchise. By 2018, Villeneuve had been enlisted to direct, with plans set for a two-part cinematic rendition of the novel. Initially, production contracts were secured solely for the first film, with the fate of the second contingent upon the success of the initial installment.

“Dune: Part Two” was initially slated for release on November 3, 2023, but faced delays due to labor disputes in Hollywood. The movie held its world premiere at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London on February 15, 2024, before being released in the United States on March 1, 2024. Critically acclaimed, the film has garnered praise from reviewers and has amassed a worldwide box office revenue of $384.1 million, surpassing its $190 million production budget. This achievement positions it as the third-highest-grossing film of 2024.

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Many have noticed that there are some details in the novel that were changed in the movie, which is not uncommon when there is a movie adaptation of a literary piece.

For example, fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune are eager to discuss the alterations made by Denis Villeneuve’s two-part film adaptation, whether prompted or not. While some changes were seen as improvements and others as drawbacks, there’s one character introduced late in the novel that fans can’t resist discussing: Alia Atreides.

Alia is the younger sister of Paul Atreides (portrayed by TimothĂ©e Chalamet) in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation. She is born among the Fremen after the community has fully embraced Paul and Lady Jessica (played by Rebecca Ferguson). Due to Lady Jessica ingesting the Water of Life during pregnancy, Alia is born with the collective memories of her ancestors, possessing extraordinary self-awareness and communication skills from the moment of her birth. It is Alia, not Paul, who ultimately dispatches Baron Harkonnen, earning her the moniker “Saint Alia of the Knife.” The image of a precocious toddler wielding a knife and uttering profound statements like, “Even an Emperor may tremble before Muad’Dib, for he has the strength of righteousness and heaven smiles upon him!” is undeniably striking and memorable.

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In the original novel, this narrative development is facilitated by a significant two-year time leap occurring around two-thirds into the story. However, Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two” opts not to incorporate this leap, choosing instead to compress its storyline into an eight-month timeframe immediately following the events of Part One. Jon Spaihts, who collaborated with Villeneuve on both Dune films, revealed that they deliberated ending Part One with the time jump but ultimately decided against it.

“Dune: Part Two” is currently being screened in cinemas, so go see it for yourself.

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