Austin Butler’s “Dune: Part II” villain is apparently like a “psychotic serial killer”

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“Dune” was one of the biggest movies of 2021 and the upcoming sequel is expected to follow in his footsteps. Seven months into its theatrical debut, we finally know a little more about “Dune: Part II” thanks to new details teased at CinemaCon 2023. Original stars such as Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet are of course expected to return, but a familiar face also has a major role in the sequel: Austin Butler.

The Oscar-nominated ‘Elvis’ star stars as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, who has now been confirmed to be a villain in the movie (as the character is in the source material). “It was a privilege for me to bring Austin on board to ask him to play some kind of Olympic sword master mixed with a psychotic serial killer,” director Denis Villeneuve teased at the annual film event, per Entertainment Weekly. “I’m very proud of what he brought to the movie.” The outlet also noted that Butler’s character could be expected to appear “hairless and pale”.

Other CinemaCon updates on “Dune: Part II” include teased footage showing Chalamet’s Paul Atreides on a sandworm (considered a rite of passage) for the first time and brief glimpses of Zendaya’s Chani, though viewers will be happy to hear they a lot has more screen time in this movie compared to the first episode.

“She’s not just dreaming this time,” Zendaya said onstage at CinemaCon, according to EW. “I only have a short time to find out who she was [in the first film], and now I feel like she’s part of me. Developing this love story in which there is so much pain and stress and turmoil, and trying to find the balance between these two young people trying to grow up while there is still so much pressure, being a warrior for your people… it was really, really special.”

In February 2022, Villeneuve’s adaptation of the 1965 “Dune” book soared above $400 million in worldwide sales, according to Deadline. The film’s critical acclaim and widespread popularity saw a second “Dune” greenlit in October 2021, just days after the first film’s theatrical release. And now we’re getting closer and closer to the November premiere.

Fans of the film are eager to see where the sequel continues the story of its predecessor (which ended on a cliffhanger). Villeneuve previously told ET Canada that this is the “biggest challenge” of his career after eagerly diving into pre-production for the film.

As previously announced, “Dune: Part II” will still return this fall with another star-studded cast led by “Dune” originals Zendaya and Chalamet. In addition to Butler, the film welcomes a host of new faces and characters, such as Florence Pugh and Léa Seydoux, to name a few.

Read on to learn everything we know so far about the next “Dune” movie, from the cast to the release date.

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