Christopher Walken Joins Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya in ‘Dune: Part Two’

Christopher Walken has taken on the part of King Shaddam IV for Dune Part Two, the all-star sequel in Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the Frank Herbert science fiction classic.

Timothee Chalamet Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem will be returning to the Legendary feature and Florence Pugh and Austin Butler, the newcomers.

The story continues exactly where the first story ended in the form of Paul Atreides (Chalamet) fighting with the Fremen to liberate this desert world of Arrakis from the shackles of House Harkonnen.

Walken will portray the head of the universe that initially dispatches members of the Atreides family members to Arrakis to bring about their destruction. Baron and Atreides inflict terror on the people in the next chapter and must remain amid the revolt. Jose Ferrer played a part in the 1984 film adaptation made by David Lynch.

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Pugh plays the role of Princess Irulan, one of the emperor’s daughters, and Butler is Feyd-Rautha. He is the cunning niece of the baron, who is the head of House Harkonnen and who is being trained to be the next ruler of Arrakis.

The filming process is scheduled to begin in Budapest with Villeneuve as director. He co-wrote the script together with Jon Spaihts.

The project is produced through Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Tanya Lapointe.

Executive producing are Josh Grode, David Valdes, Herbert W. Gains, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, and John Harrison. Kevin J. Anderson, the writer who wrote numerous Dune works along with Brian Herbert after Frank Herbert’s passing, serves as a creative consultant.

Dune made $400.6 million at the world box office after the film was made available through Warner Bros. in September and October 2021. The film also earned the studio 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It also was awarded six Oscars.

The ICM-repped Walken is fresh off playing alongside Apple TV+ thriller, Severance The first season premiered earlier this year. It has since been renewed for a third season. The veteran actor received the Oscar for his role in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter and was nominated for his part in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can.

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