Christopher Walken, 79, joins the cast of Dune: Part Two weeks after Florence Pugh and Austin Butler also sign on
Dune: Part Two just added another legendary Hollywood talent.
Christopher Walken signed on to play the role of Emperor Shaddam IV in the highly-anticipated sequel based on Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dune was critically-acclaimed earning ten Academy Award nods and winning six of the coveted trophies.
Big move: Dune: Part Two just added another legendary Hollywood talent in Christopher Walken (pictured 2016)
Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Javier Bardem will reprise their roles from the initial film as will many others.
Walken, 79, is just the latest new arrival to the cast which now boasts Midsommar star Florence Pugh and Elvis actor Austin Butler.
The Catch Me If You Can actor’s character will terrorize the populace of Arrakis, the planet Chalamet’s Paul Atreides and his family were sent to in the original film.
Emperor Walken: Christopher Walken signed on to play the role of Emperor Shaddam IV in the highly-anticipated sequel based on Frank Herbert’s novel Dune
Returning cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Javier Bardem will reprise their roles from the initial film as will many others (Chalamet left, Rebecca Ferguson right)
He will work with Stellan Skarsgård’s evil Vladimir Harkonnen to put down a rebellion started by Chalamet and the Fremen, the planet’s indigenous inhabitants who live in the inhospitable desert.
The film is currently set for release in October 2023.
Walken’s role as the emperor will be his first in a movie since his film Wild Mountain Thyme came out in 2020.
Another newcomer: Florence Pugh will reportedly join the cast as Princess Irulan Corrino (pictured 2021)
Another new face: Austin Butler (pictured April 2022) will also reportedly join the Dune universe as Feyd-Rautha
He’s appeared in a pair of television series since then including the Amazon Prime Video series The Outlaws and Ben Stiller’s series Severance.
The former follows a group of strangers who have to work together while doing community service in England.
Severance centers around a group of office workers who have their memories surgically divided between work and their personal lives until a mysterious colleague helps them try to discover the truth.
Keeping busy: Walken has appeared in a pair of television series in the last few years including the Amazon Prime Video series The Outlaws (pictured here) and Ben Stiller’s series Severance