Christopher Walken Joins ‘Dune: Part Two’ As Emperor Shaddam IV

If you thought Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was a star-studded event, then wait till you hear who just joined the sequel. Christopher Walken is joining Dune: Part Two as the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV.

Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV is responsible for sending Paul Atreides’ father Leto Atreides I (Oscar Isaac) to the planet Arrakis. In writer Frank Herbert’s novel, the Emperor felt threatened by Leto’s growing powers and worked together with House Harkonnen to eliminate House Atreides.

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Walken joins the original all-star ensemble that includes Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. Walken isn’t the only newcomer though, the sequel also adds Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan and Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha.

Dune: Part Two will start where the first movie left off, with Paul fighting alongside the Fremen to free the desert planet of Arrakis from the grips of House Harkonnen. It will also delve into elements from the book that wasn’t covered in the first film.

Shooting is set to begin this summer in Budapest with Villeneuve in the director’s seat. He also co-wrote the script with Jon Spaihts. Walken is coming off two critically-acclaimed roles on TV with Amazon Studios’The Outlaws and Apple TV+’s Severance. His character the Emperor will be an interesting new part of the story when the movie hits theaters on 20 October 2023.