'Dune: Part Two' Gets (Slightly) Earlier 2024 Release Date

'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' and 'Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim' have also been pushed to next year

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Nov 17, 2023

Timothée Chalamet will be riding that sand worm a little longer than expected, as Dune: Part Two has officially been delayed to 2024.

UPDATE (11/17, 3:29 p.m. ET): According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dune: Part Two has been given a slightly earlier release date: now that the actors' strike has finally come to an end, the sequel will hit theatres on March 1, 2024.

Initially slated to land in theatres November 3, the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to 2021's Dune will now premiere on March 15 of next year.

The hotly anticipated Dune: Part Two having its release date shifted by Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment isn't unexpected, as the move comes amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike that has effectively shut down Hollywood.

As writers and actors continue strike action with the goal of securing better pay and working conditions, stars like Chalamet, ZendayaAustin Butler, Florence Pugh and more Dune cast members are unable to promote their work.

Dune: Part Two's move on the release calendar has also affected Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which will now open in North America on April 12, 2024, while Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will now open December 13, 2024.

Some troubling reportage from early July found executives suggesting that studios would let the strike stretch on for months, until writers began running out of money.

Despite the uncertainty, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Warner Bros. has yet to move a trio of December projects — Wonka (in which Chalamet also stars), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple — from the 2023 release calendar.

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