Christopher Walken Is Revealed as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, Emperor of the Known Universe, in the Latest Dune: Part Two Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Dune: Part Two where Christopher Walken is revealed as emperor of the known universe. The famed actor who recently turned 80 and has starred in over 140 projects during his long-spanning career, will get to immerse himself in another complex role as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. The emperor has consistently been portrayed in previous projects, Dune (1984) and the Sci-Fi channel’s Dune (2000) as a character that attempts to hold onto power with a great level of scheming and planning due to the Atreides family growing popularity and support among the great houses (aka Landsradd).

As Christopher Walken is revealed in the trailer it becomes obvious that he and filmmaker Dennis Villeneuve are sure to bring new life to the character whose actions threaten the future of the known universe. Dune: Part Two releases in theaters on November 3, 2023. Last month, the first official trailer was released showing Paul Atreides riding a giant sandworm (Shai-Hulud) which can be seen here.

Description and Cast (per YouTube):

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on “Dune: Part Two,” the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning “Dune.”

The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Wonka,” “Call Me by Your Name”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning”), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Avengers: End Game,” “Milk”), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (“Elvis,” “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (“Black Widow,” “Little Women”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Thor: Love and Thunder”), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter,” “Hairspray”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Léa Seydoux (the “James Bond” franchise and “Crimes of the Future”), with Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”).

“Dune: Part Two” will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

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