Saturday Night Live Can’t Resist The Hot Desert Power Of The Dune Popcorn Bucket


The “Dune” popcorn bucket seems destined to be a coveted collectors’ item, and the “Saturday Night Live” crew must have pulled some strings to get so many buckets for this sketch ahead of their highly-anticipated release. “Dune: Part Two” doesn’t arrive in theaters for another few weeks, but 2021’s “Dune” is returning to screens nationwide from February 9, so that moviegoers can remind themselves of the story so far and once again see director Denis Villeneuve’s grand vision of the sandworms towering over them. AMC has confirmed that “Dune” rerelease attendees will be able to get their hands on (and inside) their very own sandworm popcorn bucket at screenings of the first movie.

“Dune: Part Two” picks up after Paul (Chalamet) and his mother, Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), are accepted into the Fremen fold — but they’re still on probation until they can pass a few tests. For Paul, part of his coming of age will be learning to ride Shai-Hulud. The Fremen attract the sandworms using devices called “thumpers” to create vibrations in the desert sand, and then use hooks to snag onto the sandworm’s craggy skin as it passes and climb up on top. It’s a dangerous mode of transport, and as Chalamet told Total Film in a recent feature on “Dune: Part Two,” the stakes are even higher than usual for Paul: 

“It’s where Paul’s supposed prophecy would fall flat, and it would mean his death if he can’t rise to the occasion.”

“Dune: Part Two” lands in theaters on March 1, 2024. “Saturday Night Live” will return on February 24, 2024, with host Shane Gillis and musical guest 21 Savage.

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