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The Cast of ‘Dune: Part Two’ Is Deepening With Even More A-List Heavy Hitters

In case you didn’t know Dune: Part Two will start filming soon and that means the cast for the remaining slate of important characters yet to be revealed has been announced over the last few months. So yes, now we know exactly who will be playing Feyd-Rautha, Princess Irulan, and Emperor Shaddam the IV. Here they are.

Feyd-Rautha

In the 80s’ rock-and-roll star Sting portrayed Paul’s rival, Feyd. Now Villeneuve has cast Austin Butler who will be portraying Elvis Presley in a film this year starring alongside Tom Hanks to be this generation’s Feyd and I am here for it.

I have not seen any of Butler’s work, but he looks like the guy to play Feyd in a way we won’t forget. I can’t wait to see his transformation into the character.

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‘Dune: Part Two’ Has Been Greenlit and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Has a Teaser Trailer

Yes, yesterday Dune: Part Two was greenlit by Legendary who was ultimately the production company that would decide the sequel’s fate. Everyone was waiting (im)-patiently for the official announcement which, thankfully, dropped yesterday.

The news was met with genuine joy/excitement from the thousands of people, like me, who are beyond thrilled to see Villeneuve’s vision for Part Two. The film was also given a date: October 23, 2023.

That’s a reasonable date. It gives Villeneuve and the returning crew time to prepare themselves for filming the project as well as plenty of time to smooth out the kinks if need be. And in 2023 we’ll get the second in what Villeneuve has planned to be a trilogy. That’s a very exciting and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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I Watched the 80s’ ‘Dune’ and the New ‘Dune’ Back to Back: Here’s What I Think

Friday afternoon I watched Dune and it managed to exceed all of my expectations. It was visually masterful, perfectly acted, and way easier to comprehend. But, being the movie buff that I am, I wanted to revisit David Lynch’s Dune to see the differences between the old and the new versions as well to get a greater idea of what to expect in Part Two.

First off, Villeneuve’s version, based off of the material we’ve gotten so far is undoubtedly the superior version. Everything is handled with so much more thought. There’s a presence to the new Dune that the other one just doesn’t have. Basically, you can tell the director, the actors, and everyone involved with this movie put every fiber of their being into this film because it shows.

What I can say about Lynch’s Dune is that it does feel a bit more faithful to the actual book in all of its weirdest ways, like the almost unwatchable grossness of the Harkonnens, the hilarious voice-activated version of the weirding way, or the very cryptic version of Paul’s visions. But the second half of the film which flies by painted a ridiculously epic picture of what’s to come in Part Two.

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I’m Still Not Over ‘Dune’

Some are calling Dune a “masterpiece.” I cannot say it’s a masterpiece because as of right now, it’s incomplete. What I can say is it’s incredibly cinematic; a jaw-dropping achievement in the art of epic movie making. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a film with this much scale. A film designed for the biggest screen possible so the movie can absolutely overwhelm your senses for two and a half hours straight.

For the first hour of the film, I remember thinking to myself on many occasions, “This is fire.” After seeing the first film, which is handled with such wanton confusion despite its dizzying amount of exposition, I could see the similarities being ironed out, allowing for a much smoother process of a storyline. In fact, as I watched the film’s first half play out, the movie itself felt very much like a book happening onscreen.

The screenplay is phenomenal, moving along at its own pace as Villeneuve’s otherworldly vision of Dune came to life along with Hans Zimmer’s mesmerizing score that I’m listening to at this very moment while I write this.

Like I said before, this is no masterpiece but wow was I impressed. I found myself also appreciating it far more than the last three Star Wars movies (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Rise of Skywalker.) Star Wars has become such a phenomenon that people have become lazy with the material, providing generic looks at a franchise that is, in essence, as epic as Dune. Filmmakers, however, have turned Star Wars into a joke; a tale for children with cool lightsabers that make awesome noises and the simply bland heroes-versus-villains tales that keep being told over and over again in unimaginative ways.

I miss looking at Star Wars and feeling like the directors actually care about giving us something epic to look at. Not just ideas that will be crafted into a wave of new toys (like the Sith Troopers) or a new ride at a Disney theme park (like Rise of the Resistance.)

I also haven’t been this blown away by a cast too. Despite the wave of A-listers that joined this movie they don’t feel out of place. In fact, Villeneuve gives them new lanes to shine in. He utilizes every actor for their personal strengths and uses them to perfection.

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‘Dune’: A Fantastical Prologue But That’s All It Is

When I walked out of my local theater after having just watched Dune I was blown away from what I had just seen. Of course, that’s what Villeneuve intended. He wanted viewers to watch his film and be left gobsmacked and yeah, he succeeded.

Dune isn’t the best science-fiction film I’ve ever seen but it’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable. Villeneuve doesn’t make this film like most moviemakers. He takes his time like directors of old, letting his story build upon an epic narrative that–if executed correctly– could be something truly exciting.

The cast and beautifully conceptualized world-building is the best thing about this film. My favorite characters were Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto Atreides and Sharon Duncan Brewster’s Liet Kynes. If you’ve seen the film, well, oops.

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I’m Seeing ‘Dune’ Tomorrow and I Am Excited!

One thing I love is a film that truly embraces the scope and power of IMAX. And apparently, Dune is one of those movies.

Tomorrow I’ll finally, after a month of hearing so many great things, be able to see what the hype is about and I am pumped! The next time you all will be hearing from me will be after I see the movie. Hopefully I’ll have nothing but good things to say.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.