The breakout star of Elvis follows up his Academy Award-nominated performance with a turn as a narcissistic assassin in Dune: Part Two.
We are just moments before the official trailer drop of the highly anticipated follow-up to Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune, with Dune Part Two. Vanity Fair would first whet the appetites of fans who are looking forward to the new interpretation of the character who was first portrayed by Sting with an iconic look in the David Lynch 1984 incarnation of Dune. The Vanity Fair photo only gives us a glimpse of his look, with a silhouette assassin holding two edged weapons. Variety gives us a closer look Austin Butler in the upcoming sci-fi epic.
The updated version of Feyd Rautha’s look has been altered. Even those who haven’t seen Lynch’s Dune will have seen an image of Sting wearing a metal speedo and sporting spiked hair. In Villeneuve’s version Butler has a completely bald look.
Variety describes the character as follows: “Feyd Rautha is the evil niece of Baron Harkonnen, played by Stellan Skarsgard, and the brother to the sadistic Glossu Raban, portrayed by Dave Bautista, in Villeneuve’s movie franchise. The two brothers are in competition to become the Harkonnen family’s successor on the planet Arrakis.”
The breakout star of last year’s Baz Luhrmann hyper-musical biopic, Elvis, gained acclaim and even an Oscar nomination for his performance. Butler will now use his newfound fame to join Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and other newcomers in this action sci fi epic. This first look into the character comes from the trailer teaser which flashes images of the characters featured in this installment.
As Villeneuve describes his new interpretation of the character, “He’s someone Machiavellian, much more cruel, much more strategic, and is more narcissistic. Rabban wants to be liked. He wants to please his baron. He wants to be the star in front of his Uncle, but there is something touching about Rabban. He’s not very smart. Rabban is in a position at the end of the first part where he can’t control and manage all these operations. Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a very clever, very charismatic figure, and much more brilliant.”
One thing audiences are curious about is if Butler has been able to shake the Elvis voice that the actor has admittedly been stuck with long after completing the King of Rock & Roll biopic. Butler has been seen in interviews ever since the film’s release with the southern drawl. Will Feyd’s voice have a hint of Elvis? We will hopefully see the trailer later today.