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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two is here, and we here at The Cosmic Circus are ready to accept Timothée Chalamet (and Zendaya’s!) ascendancy. It’s been a long road to the second half of this newest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel from 1965, and there have been a few bumps along the way. From teases to whether or not “Part Two” of Dune would actually happen to dual strikes in Hollywood thanks to some greedy behavior by the AMPTP, the project has faced some delays. But now it’s here in (mostly) IMAX projected glory with an impressive cast, including Rebecca FergusonAustin ButlerJavier BardemFlorence Pugh, and more. 

Join host Ayla RubyUday Kataria, and John Dotson as they discuss Dune: Part TwoWarning: Spoilers for the latest spice-powered epic are discussed within and below. 

Dune: Part Two is now in theaters! Are you planning to see it? What did you think of Part One? Let us know on social media @mycosmiccircus or in The Cosmic Circus Discord! If you enjoy this podcast, please consider sharing it with friends, following us on social media, or joining our Discord.

Timestamps for Ep 51: Dune: Part Two Discussion (spoilers)

00:17 – Intros

01:00 – Overall thoughts on Dune: Part Two

04:00 – Oppenheimer, Avatar, and VFX/CGI comparisons

11:00 – Seeing the film in IMAX

12:45 – Thoughts on Part One and waiting so long between releases

18:00 – Paul as the hero

29:00 “Are We Entertained? Positives vs negatives

35:00 – Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides

44:00 – Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica and those scenes with her daughter

50:00 – Florence Pugh & Zendaya

58:00 – Final thoughts on Dune: Part Two

59:25 – Outros

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Podcast credits and show notes


  • Ayla Ruby
  • John Dotson
  • Uday Kataria

Executive Producer/Editor

  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 3/08/24

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Ayla Ruby

I am a writer and interviewer based somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. I love all things nerdy - but Star Trek and Spiderman have special places in my heart. Find me at @TulinWrites on Twitter. And visit my other website for more reviews and interviews:

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