Despite a run-time of two and a half hours, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune couldn’t fit everything in. Some key characters were left out. Those of you who are familiar with what happens next will know that these characters have to appear in Dune Part 2. With production starting in about three months, casting is underway.
First up is Princess Irulan, the daughter of the Emperor. She was played by Virginia Madsen in the 1984 adaption.
Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Fighting With My Family) is deep in talks to play her. It is rumored she is waiting for the draft script before signing. However, there may be a clash as she is also in the running for the role of Madonna in an upcoming biopic.
As Paul Atreides settles into life among the Fremen and eventually launches a campaign to drive the Harkonnen off the planet the character of Irulan comes into play, along with that of Emperor Shaddam IV, who sent the Atreides into the trap on Arrakis, and Feyd-Rautha. Rautha is Baron Harkonnen’s nephew and was famously played by Sting in the 1984 David Lynch version.
In a recent interview with Variety, Robert Pattinson described his goal is to get a part in Dune: Part 2 due to his admiration for director, Denis Villeneuve. Could we see The Batman as Feyd? That could work.
The 2021 version has been widely praised for its visuals, scope, and ambition, and has grossed $400 million worldwide on a production budget of $165 million. Organizations like the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute named Dune as one of the top 10 films of 2021, and it received 10 nominations at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography, among numerous other awards and nominations.
An October 2023 release is planned for Dune Part 2.