Do you remember that time when every day we had the announcement of a new signing for the cast of ‘Dune’? Well, it seems that those days are back because the sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve is taking shape and continues to add new additions to its stellar cast. The latest to join ‘Dune: Part 2’ is none other than Christopher Walken, who will play Shaddam Corrino IV, the eighty-first Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe.
The legendary actor from ‘The Hunter’, whom we have recently seen in the series ‘Separation’, will play a key character in Frank Herbert’s science fiction saga. Although he does not physically appear in the first part, the Emperor is one of the most important villains in the novels and one of the main drivers of the story. His enmity with House Atreides, which has control of the planet Arrakis, leads him to collude with House Harkonnen, antagonists of the Atreides, to attempt to annihilate the family. However, his plan fails when Paul and his mother survive and escape into the desert, thus unleashing the events that we will see in the sequel.
Walken joins the film’s most recent signings, Florence Pugh (“Midsommar,” “Black Widow”) as the irulan princessthe eldest of the Emperor’s five daughters, and Austin Butler (‘Elvis’) as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnenheir-appointed to House Harkonnen (character played by singer Sting in David Lynch’s version).
Of course, Villeneuve returns as director, taking charge of the script again with Jon Spaihts. The sequel will feature the same team, and of course, also repeats the main cast of the first installmentwith Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård reprising their characters.
‘Dune’ was a bigger success than expected, especially considering the uncertain moment in which it was released and its hybrid release in theaters and HBO Max. The movie grossed $400 million worldwide and won 6 Oscars, out of 10 nominations, thus ensuring the continuation with a vengeance. But that’s not all, Villeneuve is already thinking about the third film, and the HBO Max spin-off series ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’ is still in the works, and it might not be the only one. The Duneverse expands.