Léa Seydoux is in talks to be the latest star to board Denis Villeneuve Dune: part twojoining fellow franchise newcomers Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and Austin Butler.
Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem are back for the Legendary and Warner Bros. movie, which picks up where part one left behind, with Paul Atreides (Chalamet) fighting alongside the Fremen to free the desert planet of Arrakis from the clutches of House Harkonnen. Seydoux will play Lady Margot Fenring, who in Frank Herbert’s novel is an ally of Paul and his efforts to avenge House Atreides.
Filming is set to begin this summer in Budapest, with Villeneuve directing from a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts. Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter, Tanya Lapointe and Patrick McCormick are producing the film. Executive producers are Josh Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein and John Harrison.
Dunes grossed $400.6 million at the worldwide box office, earning 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and winning six Academy Awards.
Seydoux was last seen in Future CrimesDavid Cronenberg’s latest film, and will next screen with Mia Hansen-Love’s A nice morning, both films having had their premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. It is replaced by the French agency Adequat and UTA. Deadline reported the news for the first time.
A previous version incorrectly stated that Jon Voight was part of the cast of Dunes 2.