Christopher Walken joins Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune: Part Two

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Hollywood legend Christopher Walken has joined the star-studded cast of Denis Villeneuve’s follow up to his Oscar-winning adaptation of the Frank Herbert science fiction classic, Dune.

The 79-year-old will take on the role of Emperor Shaddam IV in Dune: Part Two and joins new additions, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, as the Emperor’s daughter, Princess Irulan, and Elvis’ Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

Walken’s alter ego and Stellan Skarsgård’s Baron Harkonnen, are set to wage war on the spice mining planet of Dune and lock horns with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet).

Camera IconTimothee Chalamet will reprise his role in Dune: Part Two. Credit: Chia Bella James/Chia Bella James

Dune: Part 2 will also see the likes of Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica) and Zendaya (Chani) reprise their roles, and Denis recently admitted the upcoming flick will be “more challenging” than the first film.

“I will say it is mostly designed. The thing that helps us right now is that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe. So I’m working with the same crew, everybody knows what to do, we know what it will look like,” Villeneuve said.

“The movie will be more challenging, but we know where we are stepping. And the screenplay is written. So I feel confident. Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.”

Villeneuve previously revealed the sequel will build on the first movie by making “more” use of IMAX to enhance the scale of the production.

Dune: Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and
Timothée Chalamet in a scene from the film.
Below: Denis Villeneuve and Chalamet on set. 
Pictures: Chia Bella Jame
Camera IconDune: Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and
Timothee Chalamet in a scene from Dune.
Credit: Chia Bella James/Chia Bella James

“Definitely. [Cinematographer] Greig Fraser and I, we fell in love with this format, and definitely there be — even probably more — IMAX footage in this movie. Definitely,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dune writer Jon Spaihts has hinted at a third movie.

“I ended up getting moved off of it to work, not just on Dune: Part 2, but to investigate other cinematic prospects in the Dune universe, which we are still talking about and which, again, I’m not allowed to say very much about. But it is a very rich world in which to play, and I think it is ripe with opportunities for storytelling in every direction,” Spaihts recently said.

“I think that’s right. There are a few tantalising strands that lead into the future and suggest that we might not be done in this universe, despite the fact that the ending of Dune as a novel, which will be the ending of the second film, is a very satisfying conclusion.”

Production is due to commence later this year, with the flick slated for release on October 20, 2023.



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