Veteran Hollywood actor Christopher Walken has been roped in to join the all-star cast, which includes Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet for ‘Dune: Part II’.
In Dennis Villeneuve’s second part Walken will play the role of Emperor Shaddam IV. The story for the second part will resume from where Part One ended with Chalamet’s Paul Atreides fighting along with the Fremen to liberate Arrakis, the desert planet from the clutches of House Harkorren.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Walker will be playing the role of the emperor of the known universe who sent the Atreides family to the desert planet because he wanted their downfall.
In the second instalment of ‘Dune’ he and the baron will continue to terrorise the population and then have to deal with the rebellion.
In the 1984 film adaptation by David Lynch, the part was played by actor Jose Ferrer.
Actors Josh Brolin, Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson are expected to reprise their roles from the first movie. Besides them as reported earlier, Austin Butler and Florence Pugh have also joined the stellar cast.
Pugh is playing the role of Prince Irulan, who is the daughter of the emperor while Butler will play the role of Feyd-Rautha, nephew of the baron who currently heads House Harkorren and who is also being groomed as the future ruler of Arrakis.
Villeneuve is back to direct the second part. He has also co-written the script with Jon Spaihts.
The shoot for ‘Dune: Part II’ is expected to commence this summer and the first schedule will be in Budapest.
Work wise, Christopher Walken was recently seen in the Apple TV+ series, ‘Severance’. He was also a part of ‘The Outlaws’ a critically acclaimed comedy drama from Amazon Studios.
‘Dune: Part II’ is scheduled to release in cinemas on October 20, 2023.