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Austin Butler Potentially Cast as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in ‘Dune: Part Two’

Two (heh) days after Florence Pugh was announced as Princess Irulan, it looks like Elvis star Austin Butler will be playing Feyd Rautha-Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune: Part Two.

It’s important to know that, like Pugh, Butler has not signed on the project. New York Times entertainment journalist Kyle Buchanan has heard that Harry Styles and Tye Sheridan are also considered to play the antagonist, who was portrayed by Sting in David Lynch‘s 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s novel.

Both actors are currently waiting on the latest version of the script, written by Villeneuve and Jon Spaiths. However, if a deal is made after the said script is received, Butler would be the frontrunner in playing Feyd. In terms of fan-casting, Barry Keoghan and Robert Pattinson were among the favorites to get the part, and Butler is certainly a unique choice, having starred in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and with his breakout performance as Elvis Presley set to hit theatres this year, but it could totally work under the guidance of Denis Villeneuve.

Let’s just hope it won’t be as overzealous as Sting’s performance. Though some could argue that his performance was iconic (it was), a more grounded and menacing approach to Feyd this time around could be a more faithful on-screen adaptation of the character.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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