Part Two: Christopher Walken cast as Emperor

Christopher Walken in Balls of Fury (c) Universal

Denis Villeneuve is currently working on the second part of his Frank Herbert adaptation Dune. In Part Two of the sci-fi saga, we finally get to know the all-encompassing Emperor, portrayed by none other than Christopher Walken.

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Actor great Christopher Walken joins the cast of “Dune“-continued by Denis Villeneuve. As deadline reported, the 79-year-old US actor will appear in “Dune: Part Two“Take over the role of Emperor Shaddam IV, who leaves the desert planet to Lord Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) in the first part, although it is a ruse to get rid of the lord.

The Oscar winner is known for classic films such as “The Deer Hunter“(“Those who go through hell“) or “pulp Fiction“, played in numerous Shakespeare plays, is legendary for his guest appearances in the sketch show “Saturday Night Live“, danced through the Fatboy Slim music video “Weapon of Choice‘ and portrayed Captain Hook in an admittedly dubious NBC live production of ‘Peter PanIn the series field he is known from The Outlaws and most recently Severance from Apple TV+, where he played a leading role.

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Also new for “Dune: Part Two” were cast actress Florence Pugh (“midsummer‘, The Little Drummer Girl) as Princess Irulan, the Emperor’s daughter; and Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles) as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the role played by pop star Sting in the 1984 David Lynch adaptation. The Emperor was then portrayed by Jose Ferrer.

Additionally, Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Fremen woman Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Rabban Harkonnen, and Javier Bardem as Fremen leader Stilgar return for the sequel. Filming is scheduled to begin in the fall.

At the same time, Warner-owned streaming service HBO Max is working on a series called Dune: The Sisterhood, centered on the Bene Gesserit order, of which Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, is a part. They have been trying for a long time and by any means necessary to create a prophesied male super being: the Kwisatz Haderach.

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