'Dune: Part 2' trailer offers a glimpse of Christopher Walken as Emperor of the Universe

The second official trailer for the concluding part of Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" adaptation has dropped and it's three minutes of thrilling sci-fi fantasy action.

Forget for a moment any thoughts or feelings you might have over the fact that the "Dune" story has been divided into two parts, or even how you think this adaption compares to Lynch's steampunk 1984 version. For now, let's just relish in the spice-rich sands of Arrakis and be grateful for this generous bounty from the Gods of Science Fiction. It's going to be interesting and we're going to enjoy it whatever happens, that much is certain.

A highlight, with any doubt is getting our first glimpses of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken) and the formidable Feyd Rautha (Austin Butler). Additional new faces also include Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan Corrino, Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot and Souheila Yacoub as Shishakli.

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Once again joining Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides) and Zendaya (Chani) is Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica Atreides), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen), Dave Bautista (Rabban Harkonnen), Charlotte Rampling (Reverend Mother Mohiam) and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Thufir Hawat).

The film's official synopsis says that "Dune: Part Two" will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Villeneuve has said he's also interested in doing a third film based on Herbert's sequel novel "Dune Messiah," though that project has not yet been given the go-ahead.

"Dune: Part Two" arrives in theaters across the US on November 3, 2023.

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Scott Snowden

When Scott's application to the NASA astronaut training program was turned down, he was naturally upset...as any 6-year-old boy would be. He chose instead to write as much as he possibly could about science, technology and space exploration. He graduated from The University of Coventry and received his training on Fleet Street in London. He still hopes to be the first journalist in space.