Denis Villeneuve’s anticipated sci-fi sequel, Dune: Part Two, has been postponed and will now debut on March 15, 2024, after its original release date of Nov. 3. The film features a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, and Dave Bautista, alongside newcomers Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken.
This rescheduling of Dune: Part Two has had a ripple effect on other Warner Brothers’ releases. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which was initially slated for March 15, 2024, will now be released on April 12, 2024. Similarly, the animated film The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim has been shifted from April 12, 2024, to Dec. 13, 2024. Additionally, Zendaya’s upcoming project, the tennis drama Challengers, has been postponed to April 26, 2024, from its original release date of Sept. 15. The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, in which members are unable to promote projects associated with major studios or streamers, has also contributed to these adjustments.
Many other major films, including Kraven the Hunter, Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel, Gladiator 2, Beetlejuice 2, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2, Deadpool 3, Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic, and Clint Eastwood’s Juror #2, are expected to experience delayed release dates due to the strike, pending the resolution of fair contract terms between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and SAG-AFTRA. Despite these delays, Chalamet is still set to star in the upcoming musical Wonka, scheduled for release on Dec. 15 of this year, while Zendaya’s film appearances include notable works like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Malcolm & Marie.