The House of Atreides has gained an ally. Léa Seydoux has joined Dune: Part Two in the critical role of Lady Margot, a vital ally to Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in his war with the House of Harkonnen.
Seydoux will be joining fellow franchise newcomers Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and Austin Butler. Pugh will play Princess Irulan whilst Walken will play her father, Emperor Shaddam IV. Butler is portraying Feyd-Rautha, Baron Harkonnen’s favourite nephew.
In Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, Lady Margot factors early on into the story, when she leaves a critical warning to Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), about the treachery that awaits them on Arrakis after House Atreides takes over from House Harkonnen. That sequence didn’t make director Denis Villeneuve’s movie, but as a member of the Bene Gesserit, Lady Margot does have a major part to play in the second half of the story, involving Feyd-Rautha and her husband, Count Fenring. Currently, no one has been cast to play the role of Count Fenring.
Seydoux is best known for her performance in the latest James Bond movies Spectre and No Time To Die. She also recently appeared in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and starred alongside Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Steward in David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future.
Shooting for Dune: Part 2 is set to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary, with Villeneuve directing from a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts. Chalamet, Zendaya, Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista are set to reprise their roles in the sequel.