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Command & Conquer's Kane will have an unexplained cameo
- Well, everyone in Harkonnen culture is bald.
The movie will end before the two-year time skip
Since the movie will cover the first half of the book, it's likely that it would end around the time Jessica drinks the Water of Life and Paul chooses the name of Muad'Dib. In that sense, the second movie will show characters like Feyd-Rautha, Alia, Emperor Shaddam and Irulan.
- Jossed. The movie ends right after Stilgar accepts Paul and Jessica to join his Fremen tribe.
The Emperor will appear if only briefly in this movie, and will be a returning cast member from the first movie
If this movie does only cover the first half of the book, we will still need to see the Emperor of the Known Universe at least once. The Emperor
will be played by Sting.
- Jossed. The Emperor isn't in the first movie.
Duncan Idaho will survive the initial attack on the Atreides, only to die defending Paul and Jessica.
In the trailer, he addresses Paul as 'my lord duke', implying that Leto is dead.
- Confirmed. This specific scene happens when Duncan manage to join Paul and Jessica after the initial attack and before they reach Kynes' sietch.
The Padishah Emperor will not appear in this movie
To simplify storylines and save on people they have to cast in the first film, the Padishah Emperor and whoever plays them (not to mention Princess Irulan) will not appear until the second film of the duology when they arrive in response to the Fremen uprising.
- Confirmed for the first movie.
Duncan Idaho and Gurney Halleck will switch fates
Since trailers show Duncan addressing a desert-bound Paul Atreides as "my duke", it stands to reason that he gets at least a temporary Spared by the Adaptation versus his book fate of dying in the Harkonnen attack. Conversely, to keep the stakes of the battle closer to the book, perhaps it is Gurney Halleck instead who gets a Death by Adaptation in the Harkonnen/Sardaukar assault.
- Jossed. Duncan's fate is exactly like in the book, he dies holding the line in Kynes' sietch to help Paul and Jessica's flight. The "my duke" quote is pronounced by Duncan when he greets Paul once he meets him after the Harkonnen/Sardaukar assault on Arrakeen. Gurney disappears from the movie during said attack, he presumably reappears in the future second movie.
Rabban will die and Feyd-Rautha will just replace him for Part 2
Of note is that there's been no word of Feyd even being cast yet. If a second film gets made, Rabban's supposed to die during that. But perhaps they will kill him off early, say at Duncan's hands, to set the stage for his brother's entrance. Alternatively...
- Jossed. By the end of the movie, Rabban is still alive.
Rabban will take over Feyd's role completely
Perhaps there's been no news of Feyd being cast because they don't plan on including him. But this would be a letdown for various reasons, not the least being that a Chalamet vs. Batista death duel would seem so lopsided on the surface in Batista's favor that Chalamet would have to win by the rules of tropeland. This wouldn't feel so telegraphed if Paul was facing someone who looked like his equal.
- Not including Feyd in the movie, if they intend to have a second movie, wouldn't make sense particularly when the Bene Gesserit's Kwisatz Haderach plan is going to be revealed in the movie and that plan is essential to the overall Dune saga and Paul's character. In their plan, Feyd is supposed to wed Leto Atreides and Jessica's daughter and their offspring would be the Kwisatz Haderach. But since Jessica bore a son instead out of her love for Leto, the Bene Gesserit's Kwisatz Haderach plan fall apart. Also, Feyd is Baron Hakonnen's favorite over Rabban and is the heir of his house, making him much of a Foil to Paul. And given Batista's age (he's in his fifties), if they intend to make Rabban a Composite Character of Feyd, the implication is there... but again, the director is not going to do the same stunt Jodorowsky is going to do in his proposed movie.
- Jossed. Villeneuve has confirmed Feyd will appear in the second part.
One of the heroes will be gay in this movie
As an attempt to make up for the homophobic depiction of Baron Harkonnen in the 1984 movie.
- Sure, the Baron himself, like he was in the original books. This is gonna end well!
- OP here. When I wrote this theory, I meant to predict that the movie would have a gay character who's heroic and definitely not a Depraved Homosexual.
- Not the OP: Jossed. The Baron isn't a depraved homosexual in this movie (Duke Leto is stripped naked and brought to him in that state, but that's about it). There's actually no explicitly homosexual character, neither good or villain.
The multi-limbed creature in the Harkonnen throne room is Wanna
It is known Wanna was tortured and degraded by the Harkonnens to pressure Yueh into betrayal, but the exact torments are never stated either in the movie or the book. However in the book Piter de Vries is sadistic even by Harkonnen standards (and for his work on the fall of the Atreides wished to have Lady Jessica as a reward) and various forms of fleshcrafting are known to exist in the Empire (notably the Bene Tleilax, or the Mentat schools). It is conceivable Piter turned torture of the poor woman into his personal sick art project.
- Supporting argument is the fact that the creature responded to the Voice, hinting at a human origin.
- However, the Reverend Mother did not seem fazed by the creature; if it was what remained of a fellow Bene Gesserit surely she would have been less dismissive. On the other hand, perhaps she simply wanted to make it crystal clear such a brazen act of intimidation would not work on her.
- Another counter-argument: Baron Harkonnen fate of Yueh is expressed through Exact Words, as "joining Wanna" results in Yueh being murdered, not sedated and turned into some grotesque creature. Though it is possible it was put down off-screen, having served its purpose.
Much like the 2000 miniseries, the sequel will have Irulan be a more important character
Irulan's role could be magnified (possibly replacing the Fenrings), such as by having her be the one to visit Giedi Prime and deliver the Emperor's messages to the Harkonnens, or to have her play a role in convincing her father to accept Paul's terms in the finale. This would keep things simpler for viewers, and to have Irulan be established as an independent and capable character who is ultimately reduced to another pawn in Paul's machinations would further highlight the moral ambiguity and cost of his actions.
Thufir Hawat's fate will be mostly similar as in the book, but his motivation will be different
Thufir Hawat is not seen in the movie after the Harkonnen attack, not even for a death scene. Presumably, like in the book, he is captured by the Harkonnens and will be pressed into service by the Baron to replace Piter. However, a key point of the book is that Hawat was convinced Lady Jessica was the traitor in the Duke's houshold, not Yueh (since in the book Yueh had received conditioning to supposedly make it impossible to cause harm to the Duke or his family, but which had been broken by the Harkonnens by torturing his wife. Also, the Harkonnens had seeded disinformation that pointed towards Jessica). The Baron manipulated this belief to prevent Hawat refusing his services or even committing suicide, by offering him a chance to find and take revenge on the disappeared Jessica while in the Baron's employ. Since the wrongfully accused Jessica plotline is not in the movie, the second movie will probably reveal the baron had found another crutch to move Hawat with.
- In the book Feyd-Rautha plots with Hawat against the baron, resulting in an assasination attempt that was close to succeeding, and Hawat is implied to mentor Feyd in some of the finer points of subterfuge. It is possible that the dynamic between Thufir, Feyd-Rauta and the Baron will be expanded upon; with Hawat working to off the baron by preparing the nephew, Feyd gaining power and prestige by relying on Hawat's skills, and the Baron comparatively safe as he knows exactly from which angle any assassination attempts will occur.
At least one cast member from David Lynch's Dune will have a Remake Cameo in the sequel.
A meta gag/Actor Allusion, suggested by Nerd Cookies, would cast former Kwizatz Haderach Kyle MacLachlan as failed Kwizatz Haderach Count Hasimir Fenring.
Tómas Lemarquis will play Feyd in an eventual sequel.
Given how much of the Harkonnen-look is based on Lemarquis (who famously played Noi the Albino) and that he appeared in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and clearly appears in concept art it's odd that he does not appear in the film. Unless he has been cast as Feyd and therefore is saved for the sequel.
Paul's premonition about Jamis killing him was not literally true, but still metaphorically true.
What Jamis killed was Paul's innocence, for Paul had not manually taken a life before. These Hands Have Killed after Paul won the duel against Jamis.
The barons strange looking servants are Face Dancers
They have the look of a blank slate.
There will be a director's cut of each film in the series
Much like The Lord of the Rings, there will be extended editions of the films that cover more events of the book. I base this WMG on the amount of cut content there reportedly is of the film, and given how much of the events were excluded (such as the politics behind The Emperor's reasons for allowing House Atreides to be wiped out, or Jessica finding the hidden messages left behind by The Baron's concubine).
- Dumbo (2019)
The story is hard to follow. There's lots of weird lore and plenty of strange words and phrases like “gom jabbar” and “Bene Gesserit” to confuse you. The politics and scheming is a little tricky to navigate as well, especially since the movie skips ahead a little too quickly during some very important moments.
The 2021 release is the latest adaptation of author Frank Herbert's classic 1965 sci-fi novel—following an abandoned Alejandro Jodorowsky adaptation, a truncated 1984 David Lynch-directed take, and a lower-budget 2000 SyFy miniseries—and is by far the most accurate adaptation to the written work yet.
During a dramatic meeting with Isaac's Duke, Harkonnen shows all his cruelty while eating ragged meat. Skarsgard knew the perfect delicacy for his all-consuming character.
The main thing you need to know about the ending of the new Dune movie is this: There isn't one. The 2021 adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert sci-fi novels is actually Dune Part 1, so it gets halfway through Herbert's book and then it just... stops.