Black Widow’s Florence Pugh Is Wanted For A Key Role In Dune 2


2021 marked a major milestone for Florence Pugh’s acting career, as she finally made her debut as Yelena Belova in the Black Widow movie and reprized the role at the end of the year on Disney+ Hawk Eye series. It stands to reason that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Pugh in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the years to come, but today we learn that she could join another major cinematic property, as Pugh is wanted for a key role in Dune: part two.

Florence Pugh is in negotiations to join the film adapting the second half of Frank Herbert’s original dune novel, and THR heard that she would play Princess Irulan Corrino if a deal was made. Assuming that happens, Pugh would be the first new cast member to officially join. Dune: part two, since so far the lineup for the sequel consists of cast members such as Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. Denis Villeneuve also resumes his duties as director, screenwriter and producer from the next dune movie.

For those who haven’t read the dune novel, Princess Irulan Corrino is the daughter of Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, ruler of the known universe at the time the events of the book take place. I won’t go into spoilers for those who want to get into Dune: part two fresh as can be, but its significance goes beyond just the initial story that launched this sprawling sci-fi world. Virginia Madsen played Irulan in David Lynch dune film, and Julie Cox brought it to life in the then science fiction channel dune and Children of Dune miniseries.

THR also mentioned in their write-up that there are several big hurdles standing in the way of Florence Pugh joining. Dune: part two. First, Florence Pugh is waiting to read the final draft of the script for the sequel before making any decision. Second, there may be scheduling conflicts to consider. Besides already being part of the stacked cast of Christopher Nolan OppenheimerPugh is being considered to star in the Madonna biopic, and it’s unclear if that project could end up filming this summer as Second part is supposed to do. That said, like its predecessor, the dune the sequel is expected to roll cameras in Ukraine, but given the ongoing conflict in that region, this may understandably impact those plans.

Whether Florence Pugh ends up playing Princess Irulan Corrino or not, this would be one of three big roles that the Dune: part two team is casting, the other two being the Emperor himself and Feyd-Rautha, the other nephew of the sinister Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. While there’s no word yet on any of the actors officially considered to play these characters, fans have suggested actors like Robert Pattinson and Bill Skarsgård to play Feyd-Rautha, and Eternals and The Batman actor Barry Keoghan seems set to tackle the role.

As we get closer to Dune: part twoWhen it releases October 20, 2023, CinemaBlend will continue to share updates on the sequel’s progress, including whether Florence Pugh is officially signing on for it. Until then, there are plenty of movies to come in 2022 that will keep you entertained on the theatrical and streaming fronts.

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