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‘Dune: Half Two’ Launch Delayed As Actors, Writers Proceed Strikes

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NEW YORK (AP) — The discharge of “Dune: Half Two,” one of many fall’s most anticipated movies, has been postponed from November till subsequent yr, Warner Bros. confirmed Thursday.

Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction sequel had been set to open Nov. 3, however will as a substitute land in theaters March 15 subsequent yr. With the actors strike getting into its second month, “Dune: Half Two” had been rumored to be eyeing a transfer. Selection earlier this month reported Warner Bros. was mulling the delay.

Warner Bros. is opting to attend till its starry forged can promote the follow-up to the 2021 Oscar-winning “Dune.” “Half Two” stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh and Léa Seydoux.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers,” an MGM Studios launch starring Zendaya, earlier withdrew from its Venice Movie Competition opening evening slot and postponed its debut to subsequent April. Sony additionally pushed its subsequent “Ghostbusters” movie from December to subsequent yr, and eliminated the early 2024 launch “Spider-Man: Past the Spider-Verse” from its schedule.

As a part of the “Dune” delay, Warner Bros. and Legendary Photos are shifting “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” one month, to April 12. Warner Bros.′ “Lord of the Rings: The Struggle of the Rohirrim” will vacate that April date and transfer to December 2024.

Warner Bros. didn’t change its different 2023 releases, together with “Wonka” (Dec. 15), “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom” (Dec. 20) and “The Coloration Purple” (Dec. 25).

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