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The Hollywood heavyweights are set to return to the UAE later this year to film the second installment of the hit movie Dunes.

After the worldwide success of the first part, released in 2021, the cast and crew will land in Abu Dhabi later in 2022 to shoot Dune: part 2.

The film will once again feature a larger than life production with expected returning stars including Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Javier Bardem.

Others will also join the cast, including newcomer Austin Butler, who recently starred in Elvis; Oscar winner Christopher Walken; and Léa Seydoux, best known for her role in no time to die. Filming will begin in the Liwa Desert, located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, later this year.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, described the production of Dune: Part 2 as an “exciting opportunity” for the emirate.

Dunes has once again provided us with an exciting opportunity to partner the emirate with another global film franchise that will allow us to inspire enthusiastic fans and members of the public to visit the landscapes they have seen on screen,” said he declared.

Meanwhile, blockbuster director Denis Villeneuve added: “We can’t wait to return to the majestic sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and bring Arrakis to life for Dunes: part two.

Dune: part 2 will pick up where the last film left off, following the mythical journey of Paul Atreides (Chalamet) as he unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen on a journey of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Faced with a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he must prevent a terrible future that only he can foresee.

It’s not the first time Hollywood films have been shot in the UAE, and the area has become increasingly popular with some of Hollywood’s biggest budget action films.

Notable films include Star Trek: Beyond (2016), Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Syriac (2005), Fast & Furious 7 (2015), Avant-garde (2020).

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