Where Was Dune 2 Filmed?


The most important part of production designer Patrice Vermette’s work on Dune: Part Two was creating something fresh. The movie veteran brought an epic multiplanetary world to life for the Dune: Part One—and won an Oscar for his work—but director Denis Villeneuve specifically asked Vermette to treat viewers to an entirely new visual feast this time around. “He said, ‘We don’t want to repeat any sets, everything needs to be new. Nobody wants to go to the same places,’ and I one hundred percent agreed with that,” Vermette tells AD. The second installment of the science fiction epic cracks open this futuristic universe further, displaying the various cultures and their aesthetics at greater depth. Vermette’s task was to reinvigorate those essential desert landscapes, create hundreds of thousands of square feet of new sets in tune with each distinct culture, and find new filming locations that would resonate with the story.

Read on to find out exactly where Dune: Part Two was filmed.

Altivole, Italy

For scenes that take place in the Imperial Gardens, Dune: Part Two shot on location at the Brion tomb in Altivole, Italy.

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When Vermette read the script for the sequel, he envisioned one very specific location for the gardens on the Imperium planet of Kaitain, Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh), and the Emperor’s (Christopher Walken) home. What immediately came to mind was the post-modernist Brion tomb in Altivole, Italy, a small northern town with a population hovering around 7,000. The cemetery there was designed by Carlo Scarpa, an architect whose work has been an inspiration to Vermette for over 30 years, and whose work influenced Vermette in his designs for Caladan and Arakeen in the first film.

When he shared photos of the cemetery with Villeneuve, the director was immediately interested in the prospect, but the managers of the property weren’t keen on welcoming film crews. It’s a private cemetery for the Brion family, and they’d never accepted a filming request before. It wasn’t until they realized that one of the family members was a fan of Dune: Part One that the request was approved. The Kaitain exteriors were shot in the gardens, and the interiors at the beginning of the film were shot inside of the cemetery’s chapel, though sets for later scenes on Kaitain were built on the Budapest soundstage.

Namibia

One very brief scene takes place in Namibia, in a vision of the future of the desert planet of Arrakis, newly replenished with water. “Denis always dreamed of having a place where the ocean meets the sand dunes,” Vermette says. “To my knowledge, you find that in Qatar and Namibia. For Qatar, you need to wait for high tides. In Namibia, it’s like a wall. It’s the desert and then a drop to the waves, and I think that’s what the movie needed for that vision.”

Despite the scene being so short, it’s one of the most talked about because of Anya Taylor Joy’s appearance as Alia Atreiedes. Leading up to the movie, Joy’s appearance was completely secret—her name doesn’t even appear in the closing credits, as EW reported. “Very few of us went [to Namibia], and we signed with our blood the fact that Anya Taylor Joy was in the plane with us. Even my kids didn’t know,” Vermette says.

United Arab Emirates and Jordan

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Timothée Chalamet and director Denis Villeneuve on location for Dune: Part Two.

Photo: Niko Tavernise / Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures



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