For the second part of Legendary and Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic, Florence Pugh and Austin Butler are among the newcomers.
The universe’s ruler has been discovered.
Emperor Shaddam IV will be played by Christopher Walken in Dune: Part Two, the all-star sequel to Denis Villeneuve‘s Oscar-winning version of the Frank Herbert science fiction classic.
The Legendary film stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, and Javier Bardem, among others, with Florence Pugh and Austin Butler among the newbies.
The plot picks off where Part One left off, with Paul Atreides (Chalamet) battling with the Fremen to rescue Arrakis, the desert world, from House Harkonnen’s grasp.
Walken will portray the king of the known world, who sends the Atreides family to Arrakis in the first place to bring them down. He and the baron intimidate the population and must deal with the uprising in the sequel. Jose Ferrer portrayed the character in David Lynch’s 1984 film adaption.
Princess Irulan, the emperor’s daughter, is played by Pugh, while Feyd-Rautha, the clever nephew of the baron who heads House Harkonnen and is being groomed to dominate Arrakis, is played by Butler.
Villeneuve will helm the film, which will begin shooting this summer in Budapest. He also collaborated with Jon Spaihts on the writing.
Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Villeneuve, and Tanya Lapointe are producing the film.
Josh Grode, Richard P. Rubinstein, David Valdes, Brian Herbert, Kim Herbert, Herbert W. Gains, Thomas Tull, Spaihts, Byron Merritt, and John Harrison serve as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson, a co-writer on numerous Dune books with Brian Herbert following Frank Herbert’s death, is functioning as a creative consultant.
When Dune was released by Warner Bros. in September and October 2021, it grossed $400.6 million worldwide. It also received 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, and won six of them.