Following the hybrid released in theaters and on HBO Max this weekend, the long-awaited announcement for a Dune sequel has been confirmed. Notably, the film’s stars Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet are on board to return. Now, Oscar nominee Florence Pugh is in talks to appear in the film as well, according to Deadline.
If she joins the film’s ensemble, the initial report notes that the actress would portray Princess Irulan Corrino, Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV’s eldest daughter. Created by author Frank Herbert, the princess first appears in Dune and later returns in Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. Production on the sequel will likely begin in the fall.
The first film hails from director Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). Dune is based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Additionally, the film adaptation features an all-star ensemble including Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. Releasing in October, the film earned an impressive $40.1 million in its domestic debut. Notably, the film’s box office gross makes the film the biggest of the year for Warner Bros.
The latest role continues Pugh’s rise to success. Making a splash in pro wrestling star Paige’s biopic Wrestling With My Family, the Midsommar star was quickly scooped up by Marvel Studios. The actress made her debut as Yelena Belova in Black Widow before reprising the role in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. Up next, Florence Pugh joins pop star Harry Styles and Gemma Chan in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling.
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