Austin Butler didn’t win an Oscar for Elvis, however (with all due respect to Brendan Fraser) he bought one thing even higher: a job in Dune: Part Two.
In the sequel to 2021’s Dune, the actor performs Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the character portrayed by Sting in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s works. Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (the nephew of Stellan Skarsgård’s bloated Baron Harkonnen and brother of Dave Bautista’s hulking Glossu Rabban) can be extra scary — and have the vitality of a distinct rock star.
“Austin Butler delivered to the display screen one thing that may be a cross between a psychotic, sociopath serial killer and Mick Jagger,” director and co-writer Denis Villeneuve informed Vanity Fair. “He’s somebody Machiavellian, rather more merciless, rather more strategic, and is extra narcissistic.”
Additionally, he’s bald. Like, very bald. Dave Bautista-level bald.
Gone is the Elvis hair. And the voice. Bautista informed USA Today that Butler is “simply the sweetest man you’ll ever meet. I don’t know who this man was, nevertheless it’s not Austin Butler. It’s not Elvis. His voice is completely different, his look is completely different. The whole lot about his demeanor is terrifying.”
Dune: Half Two, which additionally stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Tim Blake Nelson, comes out on November 3.