The launch of Dune: Part Two’s trailer today brought to light several new characters heading to Arrakis. One of these characters is portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor, Christopher Walken, known for his role in The Deer Hunter, stepping into the role of Emperor Shaddam IV in the next installment of this grand epic.
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In the original novels, Shaddam is notorious for his sinister ways of attempting to overthrow House Atreides, and his tendency to resort to overt attacks when covert tactics fail. With his character now part of the narrative, viewers will get a clear picture of the motives behind the surprise assault on the Atreides family – a key plot point in Dune: Part One.
Emperor Shaddam IV Vows Revenge on Atreides in Dune: Part Two
The trailer gave viewers a glimpse into Shaddam’s character, through a simple expression from Walken, as his character learns that Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) has survived. His obvious displeasure suggests that in the sequel, Shaddam will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. We also see Shaddam expressing his thoughts about Paul’s late father Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) – scenes mirrored in the first look at Walken’s portrayal of Shaddam. In the 1984 film directed by David Lynch, this character was enacted by the late José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac).
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‘Dune Part Two’: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, and All We Know About Denis Villeneuve’s Upcoming Epic Sequel
Dune: Part Two will continue the journey of Paul Atreides across the deserts of Arrakis, this time accompanied by Chani (Zendaya). The cast will introduce newcomers like Austin Butler (Elvis), who plays a completely bald Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Florence Pugh (Black Widow) as Princess Irulan Corrino, and Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die) as Lady Margot. Other returning cast members include Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Charlotte Rampling.
The year 2023 promises to unveil the full potential of Dune in cinemas, following a hybrid release of the first part on both big screens and streaming platform Max. The sci-fi epic managed to gross over $400 million worldwide, earning significant critical praise. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), the returning director of Dune: Part 2, co-authors the screenplay with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Part Two draws from the same Frank Herbert novel that inspired Part One.
Dune: Part Two is set to hit theaters on November 3.
The trailer is available for viewing below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about dune part two
When is the premiere of ‘Dune: Part Two’?
The premiere of ‘Dune: Part Two’ is scheduled for November 3.
Who plays Emperor Shaddam IV in ‘Dune: Part Two’?
Emperor Shaddam IV is portrayed by Academy Award winner Christopher Walken in ‘Dune: Part Two’.
Will ‘Dune: Part Two’ continue the story from the first installment?
Yes, ‘Dune: Part Two’ will continue the story of Paul Atreides as he navigates the deserts of Arrakis, accompanied by Chani.
Who are the new cast members joining ‘Dune: Part Two’?
Newcomers to the cast of ‘Dune: Part Two’ include Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan Corrino, and Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot.
Who is directing ‘Dune: Part Two’?
‘Dune: Part Two’ is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who also directed the first installment.
How much did the first part of ‘Dune’ earn and was it well-received?
The first part of ‘Dune’ earned over $400 million worldwide and received immense critical acclaim.
Is ‘Dune: Part Two’ based on a novel?
Yes, ‘Dune: Part Two’ is based on the same novel by author Frank Herbert that inspired the first installment.