The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Florence Pugh is in negotiations to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi epic Dune: Part Two.
The official synopsis for Dune: Part One is as follows:
In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
The report states that Florence Pugh (whose recent credits include Hawkeye and Black Widow) is in talks to potentially play the role of Princess Irulan, the daughter of Emperor. The report also states that there are a few key obstacles that remain, such as Pugh is waiting for the script to be written to have a read before verbally committing, and even then, Legendary is hoping to commence production this summer, but Pugh is allegedly in contention to possibly star in the Madonna biopic, so that also might factor into committing or not.
Princess Irulan is one of the three major parts for the upcoming sequel, the others including Emperor Shaddam IV, the ruler who sends the Atreides family to Arrakis, and Feyd-Rautha, the cunning nephew of the baron who heads House Harkonnen.
Dune: Part Two will star Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård and Josh Brolin. It is currently scheduled for cinematic release on the 20th October 2023.