Christopher Walken is set to take on the role of Emperor Shaddam IV in ‘Dune: Part Two,’ the continuation of Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-winning adaptation.
Florence Pugh and Austin Butler are also amongst the newcomers to join Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem on the follow-up cast list.
Walken will play the ruler of the known universe who initially sends the Atreides family to Arrakis in order to cause their downfall. In the continuation, he and the baron terrorize the populace.
Pugh is playing Princess Irulan, the daughter of the emperor, while Butler is Feyd-Rautha, the cunning nephew of the baron who heads House Harkonnen and who is being groomed to rule Arrakis.
Part Two is set to carry on from where the first one left off, telling the rest of the story of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel of the same name, with Paul Atreides (Chalamet) fighting alongside the Fremen to free the desert planet of Arrakis from the grips of House Harkonnen.
With Villeneuve at the helm, Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Tanya Lapointe will produce.
Filming is set to begin this summer in Budapest.