If you have read Frank Herbert’s original novel Dune, or watched David Lynch’s 1984 movie of the same name, then you probably know who Feyd-Rautha is. But if you didn’t know a single thing about Dune before watching Denis Villeneuve‘s blockbuster which was released in theaters last month, then you probably don’t have the slightest idea who Feyd-Rautha is.
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It is known that movie adaptations don’t always follow the source material 100%, and Villeneuve‘s Dune is no exception. Despite very positive critics, some fans who have read the original novel didn’t take the fact that Feyd-Rautha was missing too well. But rest easy, Villeneuve didn’t forget about him, he’s just saving him for the upcoming sequel.
“That’s a choice that I personally brought on. There was enough characters that were introduced in this first part, and it will be more elegant to keep Feyd for Part Two. It will be definitely a very, very important character in the second part.”Denis Villeneuve for Empire
Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is the nephew Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who was portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård in Villeneuve‘s Dune. Feyd-Rautha is described as cruel and cunning as his uncle. It is unknown who will play Feyd-Rautha in Part Two. The role was played by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, also known as Sting in 1984 adaptation directed by David Lynch, and Matt Keeslar played the character in the 2000 mini-series Dune.
Dune: Part Two, the second part of the planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel is currently in development. Directed by Villeneuve, the sequel is set to hit theaters in October 2023. Villeneuve is currently working on the script, and the production set to begin next year.