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Dune: Part 2 Will “Surprise” Fans, Says Star Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem teases Dune fans, saying it will surprise them
Javier Bardem teases Dune fans, saying it will surprise them

When news of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation for Dune started circulating, fans were eager to see the film. Less than a week after it hit theaters they got their wish when a sequel was given green light giving long-time and new viewers something exciting in store.

The first Dune: Part 2 will feature a star-studded cast with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and more. The second film in the series has already announced an even greater line up of talent including Javier Bardem as well as Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and Christopher Walken, to name a few.

Javier Bardem is clearly excited about the continuation of this story and he shared that after reading through the script, his opinion on what will happen next has changed. He believes people are going to be surprised by how things turn out.

Bardem will be returning to his role of Stilgar in which he helped Paul Atreides and his mother Lady Jessica after they escaped a coup.

The actor’s enthusiasm for Dune: Part 2 was on full display at the Cannes Film Festival, revealing he read the script in a Q&A.

“I’ve read the new draft, and I think they’ve done an amazing job of putting together the pieces in a way that is gonna surprise people,” he revealed. “They won’t be surprised [by what happens] obviously, because they’ve read the book, but they’ll be surprised by the way they put it together. I was very moved by it. It’s a movie that is full, and you can feel the weight of it, and at the same time [you can enjoy] the specularity of it. [I can’t wait] to go back to the desert with those people, and I’m so happy to go back with [director] Denis [Villeneuve], who is one of the greatest directors ever. He’s a lovely man.”

“The difference is just that Dune: Part One, of course, is like an introduction to a world where we explain who is who, who is doing what, and what is the technology? What is the culture here?” said director Denis Villeneuve in an interview last year. “The second movie, I think, will be an opportunity to have much more fun. In a way, it will be more cinematic.”

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