According to Variety, the 30-year-old actor is in talks to join the cast of Dennis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune sequel as the villainous Feyd-Rautha – the nephew of Baron Harkonnen and heir to his uncle’s empire.
As per their source, Butler is in “the very early stages” of joining Dune Part 2.
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Feyd-Rautha is one of the more iconic Dune roles, having originally been played by Sting in the 1984 version of Dune, directed by David Lynch.
One of the main antagonists in Dune, Feyd-Rautha is often considered to be a villainous counterpart to Paul Atreides, who is played this time around by Timothée Chalamet. Both of them were a product of the Bene Gesserit breeding program… and Feyd was intended to be married off to Jessica Atreides’ daughter. Instead, she gave birth to a son – Paul.
Of course, there’s been much speculation about who would take the role of Feyd-Rautha in Villeneuve’s adaptation. Now, it looks as though we have our answer.
Austin Butler is perhaps best known for the role of Wil Ohmsford in The Shannara Chronicles, but is also set to star in Elvis – the upcoming biography of the legendary rock and roll singer, written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Butler takes the leading role opposite Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
Here’s the Elvis trailer for a sneak peek:
I get the feeling Butler will make a great Feyd opposite Chalamet’s Paul. After all, the two seem to have similar energy and youthfulness on their side. But he’s certainly no Sting.
Dune Part 2 will star Timothée Chalamet as Paul, alongside Rebecca Fergusson as Jessica. They’re joined by Zendaya, Florence Pugh, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Stellan Skarsgård. Denis Villeneuve will direct the film with a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts, based on the original novel by Frank Herbert.
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