The cast for Dune: Part Two continues to take shape with the addition of a James Bond star. Léa Seydoux, who appeared in both Spectre and No Time to Die, is currently in talks to join the upcoming sequel. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Seydoux will play Lady Margot, a crucial character to the plot. She joins returning cast members Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica Atreides), Zendaya (Chani), Stellan Skarsgård (Baron Harkonnen), and Dave Bautista (Beast Rabban Harkonnen) and Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck). Denis Villeneuve is returning as director, producer, and co-writer (with Jon Spaihts). Fans of the sci-fi epic appear to be excited over the casting of Seydoux, if Twitter is any indication.
Léa Seydoux will join several major additions to the cast that were recently announced, including Florence Pugh (Black Widow), Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) and Austin Butler (Elvis). Filming for Dune: Part Two begins this July, although some sources say it could actually begin later this fall. It is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 20, 2023. Legendary is again producing, with Warner Bros. distributing. Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter, Tanya Lapointe and Patrick McCormick are producing. The executive producers are Josh Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein and John Harrison, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.
If Dune: Part Two remains faithful to the Frank Herbert novel it is based on, Léa Seydoux will have a crucial role to play in the film, primarily as an ally to Chalamet’s Paul Atreides. According to the novel, as a member of the Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit, Lady Margot marries Count Hasimir Fenring, a character that has yet to be cast in the sequel. Unware that Paul is still alive after the battle of Arrakis (as the first film ended), she is then sent on a mission by the Bene Gesserit to seduce Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (played by Austin Butler) and use mind control on him, for their own secret motives.
In addition to the two recent Bond films, Léa Seydoux has starred in a string of critical and box office hits. She appeared in the highly-acclaimed films Blue Is The Warmest Color, Midnight in Paris, and La vie d’Adèle. The French actress also appeared in the box office hits Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The French Dispatch. At the recent Cannes Film Festival, she earned rave reviews for her performances in David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future and Mia Hansen’s Love’s One Fine Morning.
The casting of Léa Seydoux also has possible ramifications beyond the sequel. HBO Max has recently announced a Dune spinoff series based on the Bene Gesserit, titled Dune: The Sisterhood. As a member of the Bene Gesserit, Seydoux’s character could play a role in the series. Dune: Part One was a huge hit, grossing over $100 million at the U.S. box office and nearly half a billion worldwide, despite being available on HBO Max on its release date. It earned ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and took home six Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer) and Best Visual Effects.