Oh hell yes! None other than bona fide legend Christopher Walken has been cast as the mysterious, ruthless Emperor Shaddam IV in Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two.
Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem, among others, are returning for the adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic, with Florence Pugh and Austin Butler among the newcomers.
The Emperor was the last of three key roles that needed to be cast for the upcoming sequel. Butler will star as Feyd-Rautha, the cunning nephew of the Baron of House Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård), while Pugh is aboard as Princess Irulan Corrino, the Emperor's eldest daughter. Christopher Walken 's Emperor, along with Baron Harkonnen, will terrorize Arrakis' populace in contending with the Fremen rebellion led by Paul Atreides (Chalamet).
As humorously pointed by fans on social media, Walken's casting fulfils a prophecy cast over 20 years ago by Fatboy Slim: His “Weapon of Choice” (bolstered by a now-legendary video by Spike Jonze starring a dancing Walken) featured the lyric “Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm,” which is advice doled out in Dune to evade Arrakis' sandworms.
Filming on Dune: Part Two is scheduled to begin this summer in Budapest. The film is scheduled for release October 20th 2023.