Lea Seydoux, star of No Time to Die, is on the verge of signing a deal for a key role in next year''s Dune sequel.
Seydoux is on board as Lady Margot Fenring, a member of the Bene Gesserit, a member of the matriarchal order of sorceresses, who belongs to Rebecca Ferguson''s Lady Jessica via the Deadline.
The sequel to Dune is expected to go ahead in the autumn, once more managed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).
Paul Atreides, Josh Brolin, Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Zendaya, and Javier Bardem will play the key role in Timothee Chalamet''s return to the spice world Arrakis.
Dune''s sandworm-sized success (including ten Oscar nominations), has been so impressive, with Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, and Elvis star Austin Butler all enjoying significant roles alongside Seydoux.
Bardem teased Dune: Part Two''s writing staff during a Cannes Film Festival last month, which presented Seydoux''s body horror film Crimes of the Future.
"I''ve read the new draft and I believe they''ve done an incredible job of assembling the pieces in a way that will surprise people. They won''t be surprised, obviously, because they''ve read the book, but they''ll be surprised by the way they put it together," he said.
"I was very depressed by it. It''s a film that is full, and you can experience the power of it, while also the clarity of it."
Is it possible to pull off a third adaptation?
Part Two of Dune is set to be released in cinemas on October 20, 2023.