Despite Dune 2 only just being green-lit, director Denis Villeneuve would do well to look no further than a breakout Eternals star for Feyd-Rautha.
Dune 2’s perfect Feyd-Rautha casting has already been teased in several ways despite a sequel only being green-lit last month. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is an unbridled success from any angle, with the epic’s rave reviews backed up by some serious box office staying power. Warner Brothers Studios’ confirmation of a Dune sequel has ensured the casting rumor mill has already begun for Dune 2, with one of the most prominent characters yet to feature in Villeneuve’s vision arriving in the form of the nefarious na-Baron Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.
Feyd-Rautha is the younger nephew and heir of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and is depicted to be as similarly cruel, treacherous, and cunning as his despicable uncle. Both Frank Herbert’s original novel and David Lynch’s universally panned Dune closely toe this character line, with Feyd-Rautha presenting as a powerful sadist reveling in the security of the Harkonnen name who commits unspeakable atrocities on the planet Arrakis. Feyd-Rautha is played in Lynch’s Dune by Sting with sneering villainy, but the character is yet to feature in Villeneuve’s Dune vision, presumably intending to introduce a worthy foe for Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in the now-confirmed sequel, Dune 2.
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Yet the perfect casting choice for Dune 2’s Feyd-Rautha has already been teased in the form of Eternals’ Barry Keoghan. Not only are there a variety of reasons that Keoghan would be a perfect fit for the role of Feyd-Rautha in Dune 2, but the actor has also expressed outright interest in the part. Here’s why Barry Keoghan would and should play Feyd-Rautha in Dune 2.
Barry Keoghan Wants To Play Feyd-Rautha In Dune 2
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Barry Keoghan has stated he would “definitely” like to play Feyd-Rautha in Dune 2 in what would prove an inspired casting choice by Denis Villeneuve. In response to a question about his cryptic posts and whether he’s trying to imply that he has officially been cast, here’s what Keoghan had to say during the interview:
“Well, take it whatever way you want.
I love Timothee [Chalamet]. I love Denis [Villeneuve]. Massive, massive fan. And yeah, that’s all I’ll say.”
In addition to confirming his interest in the role of Feyd-Rautha when Dune 2 is cast, Keoghan admitted in this interview that he is also a “massive fan” of director Denis Villeneuve and man-of-the-moment Timothée Chalamet. These comments indicate a direct willingness to work on Villeneuve’s burgeoning Dune world and mean Keoghan would surely revel in what would be his first science fiction role to date, all of which make him an excellent choice for the part of Feyd-Rautha in Dune 2.
Why Barry Keoghan Should Be Cast As Dune 2’s Feyd-Rautha
Keoghan has already excelled in period pieces such as HBO’s Chernobyl and the more fantasy-entwined The Green Knight before his bonafide breakout role in Marvel’s Eternals, meaning he should have no problem transitioning into extravagant science-fiction territory. Likewise, Keoghan’s pedigree in menacing, diabolically-aligned roles for the films The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Eternals sets the Irish-born actor up perfectly to portray the salacious and terrifying Feyd-Rautha in Villeneuve’s Dune 2. The role of Feyd-Rautha in Dune 2 will call for not only a creative capacity to embrace the fantastical, but also the ability to don an imposing, conniving persona in a way that convinces audiences and contrasts strongly against Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atriedies. In all of these ways, Barry Keoghan seems to be a shoo-in for the part.
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Beyond his already impressive credits, an argument for Keoghan’s suitability for the role of Feyd-Rautha lies in the actor’s innate mannerisms that he brings to his darker characters to date. Keoghan excels in roles suspended between the brooding and the sinister, with his turn in the psychological horror The Killing of a Sacred Deer a prime example. Keoghan’s Martin is a poster child for his ability to imbue a character with foreboding and dread, which are some of Feyd-Rautha’s foremost qualities in Frank Herbert’s Dune. Keoghan’ Druig is also arguably one 0f the most powerful characters in Marvel’s Eternals, which is a role his standoffish characteristics excel in. Herbert’s Feyd-Rautha is an equally intimidating proposition, with few daring to challenge the heir to the Harkonnen throne. In this way, Keoghan has already flagged himself as the perfect casting choice for Feyd-Rautha in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune 2.
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