Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adapted only the first half of Frank Herbert’s same-named novel rather than the entire story certain characters from the original source material were absent from this particular movie. However, with Warner Bros. and Legendary have officially greenlit Dune 2, fan-casting has begun for one of these important characters who will surely appear in the sequel: Feyd-Ratha. He was previously played by Sting in David Lynch’s Dune and Matt Keeslar in the Dune miniseries, and fans are now debating who should bring Feyd-Rautha into this new Dune world.
For those unfamiliar with Dune, Feyd-Rautha is the younger nephew of Baron Harkonnen, making Glossu Rabban his older brother; those characters were respectively played by Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Villeneuve spoke about the sequel in a recent interview with Empire. When answering whether Feyd would be included, he said the following:
“Definitely. That’s a choice that I personally brought on. There were enough characters that were introduced in this first part, and it will be more elegant to keep Feyd for Part Two. It will definitely be a very, very important character in the second part.”
It is being rumored that Robert Pattinson, Harry Styles, and Tom Holland are in talks for the role of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in ‘Dune: Part Two’. The character of Feyd-Rautha is described as “one of the antagonists of Dune… the younger nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen of House Harkonnen. He figured heavily in the Baron’s plans to gain power. He was nominated by Baron Vladimir as the ‘NaBaron’ – heir to House Harkonnen.”
Feyd is an important character, particularly in the back half of Dune. He and Paul Muad’Dib Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) have a spar, where Feyd is ultimately killed when attempting a cunning act on Paul. The young fighter tried to kill Muad’Dib with a concealed poison arrow, yet Feyd ultimately died by the end of the fight. Dune’s ending, which depicted Paul’s battle with Jamis (Babs Olusanmokun), could serve as a strong act of symbolism for what’s to come between the two young prodigies.
Villeneuve has said that the Dune sequel would focus on Zendaya’s Chani, the love interest of Paul and a Fremen native. This would make sense, given her late appearance in the film outside of Paul’s dreams. The birth of Paul’s sister, Lia Atreides, should also play a major role in the sequel. Lia brings major repercussions in Herbert’s sequel novel, Dune: Messiah, though her birth does bring more development in the original, especially for Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson).