Christopher Walken To Play Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV in Dune Part two
Sources tell Deadline that Denis Villeneuve has added yet another high-profile actor to an already crowded cast. In Dune: Part Two, made by Warner Bros. and Legendary, Christopher Walken is set to play the Emperor. Florence Pugh and Austin Butler have also joined the all-star cast, led by Timothée Chalamet in the leading role and Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Josh Brolin in supporting roles. Villeneuve has returned to write, direct, and produce again.
Neither Legendary nor any of their representatives had any comment on Walken’s casting. The film is scheduled for release on October 20, 2023. The production is likely to begin in the fall, this year. Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts are teaming up again to write the script for the film.
Despite its release on the streaming platform HBO Max, Dune: Part One was able to earn an impressive $41 million in its first weekend in theaters, exceeding expectations and paving the way for a sequel just weeks later. At the global box office, the picture has earned $400 million, including $108 million in domestic sales. A total of ten Oscar nominations have been given to the film, including Best Picture.
The Outlaws from Amazon Studios and Severance, which was newly extended for a second season, have brought Walken two critically lauded TV roles in the past year. He is represented by ICM Partners.