While the production of the second part of “Dune” has been formalized, Denis Villeneuve has confirmed that Feyd-Rautha, one of the main villains of the original book by Frank Herbert, will be present.
Dune : Denis Villeneuve’s winning bet
Since Fires in 2010, Denis Villeneuve was one of the most respected directors in the industry. Indeed, none of his films leaves you indifferent, whatever the genre. However, in recent years, the Quebec director has taken on many challenges, when he has been entrusted with more ambitious projects. Between Premier Contact and Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve thus tried his hand at important SF blockbusters. However, although the critics once again responded, it was not always the same for the public. Blade Runner 2049, for example, disappointed at the box office with only $ 259.2 million in revenue (for a budget of $ 150 million).
His challenge to adapt Dune therefore provoked both excitement and apprehension. Excitement, because the work written by Frank Herbert is considered a masterpiece of SF literature. Apprehension, because all those who have tried to adapt it on the big screen have broken their teeth (Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch). The challenge seemed all the greater as Denis Villeneuve wanted to adapt the book into several films. Warner Bros didn’t make it easy for him since he allowed the sequel to Dune: Part 1, on the condition that the film performs perfectly at the box office. And as the studio planned at the same time to broadcast it on its HBO Max platform, we could say that Denis Villeneuve’s bet was far from won.
However, Denis Villeneuve succeeded in his goal since, not only did the film go very well commercially, but most of the critics have already considered it. as one of the best movies of 2021. One question now: what to expect for Dune 2 ?
A famous villain from the book officially present
If for this sequel, we are curious to know the relationship between Paul and Chani as well as the return of Baron Harkonnen, fans of the book will be very attentive to the first appearances of an iconic antagonist of the work: Feyd-Rautha. The latter is the brother of Rabban the Beast and the nephew of Baron Harkonnen. He is also considered to be the latter’s successor. As ruthless and cruel as the rest of his family, he is reputed to be a superb duelist, having won numerous knife fights. An opponent who should therefore prove formidable for Paul. Between Rabban, the Baron and Feyd-Rautha, the heir of the Atréides House should have a lot to do in this sequel, always directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Recall that the last actor to have interpreted this character is the singer Sting. The latter had also gone fully in his role, giving him a totally offbeat and rock n’roll incarnation. We can bet that it will not be the same for the adaptation of Villeneuve, who is not best known for showing second degree in his feature films.
Who then to embody it? Some rumors speak of Barry Keoghan, seen lately in The Eternals. He played the superhero Druig. The actor was also particularly interested in this role, although nothing has yet been confirmed.