Director Denis Villeneuve is searching for three new cast members for his Dune sequel to fill important roles in the second half of his sci-fi-epic, splitting the first Frank Herbert novel into two parts. The studio seems to be zeroing in on young talent to appear in Dune: Part Two alongside Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya.
Deadline reports that American actor Austin Butler (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) is being eyed to play Paul’s evil Harkonnen rival, Feyd-Rautha, the dangerous pretty-boy nephew of Baron Harkonnen (played by Stellan Skarsgard). Butler recently worked with Quentin Tarantino playing a member of the Manson Family, Tex, in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and portrays the legendary Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic co-starring with Tom Hanks.
The role of Feyd was originally played by musician Sting in David Lynch’s 1984 box office flop.
Earlier in the week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that British actress Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Midsommar) was being courted to play Princess Irulan, the daughter of the Emperor, a role that would have importance in sequels. Chalamet and Pugh previously worked together on Little Women.
Dune: Part Two is set to be released on October 20, 2023, and had been hoping to begin shooting before the end of 20222.
SOURCE: THR & DEADLINE