Deadline is exclusively reporting that Austin Butler 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 Austin Butler (whose credits include Elvis and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) is in talks to play the role of Feyd-Rautha, the younger nephew and heir of the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and is depicted to be as similarly cruel, treacherous and cunning as his uncle. The report comes after it was reported earlier this week that Florence Pugh is in talks to play the role of Princess Irulan.
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.