French actress Léa Seydoux has joined the cast of the highly-anticipated sequel to “Dune“.
she would join the star-studded returning cast of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Josh Brolin.
It also features newcomers Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler.
The sequel resumes where “Part One” left off, with Paul Atreides (Chalamet) fighting alongside the Fremen to free the desert planet of Arrakis from the grips of House Harkonnen.
Seydoux is set to play Lady Margot, the Bene Gesserit wife of the Mentat Count Hasimir Fenring.
Pugh is portray as Princess Irulan, the daughter of the emperor, while Butler stars as Feyd-Rautha, the cunning nephew of the baron who heads House Harkonnen and who is being groomed to rule Arrakis.
Walken will play Emperor Shaddam IV, the ruler of the known universe who initially sends the Atreides family to Arrakis in order to cause their downfall.
Villeneuve is back to write, helm, and produce with Jon Spaihts returning to co-write with Villeneuve.
Production is expected to start in the fall, with the movie set to bow on October 20, 2023.
The project is being produced by Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter, and Tanya Lapointe. Kevin J. Anderson, the author who co-wrote many Dune books with Brian Herbert after Frank Herbert’s death, is serving as a creative consultant.
Executive producers include Josh Grode, David Valdes, Herbert W. Gains, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, and John Harrison.
“Dune” is adapted from Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction bestseller of the same name. The first part of the sci-fi epic opened on October 22, 2021, in the U.S., earning $41 million in ticket sales during its first weekend.