Why Austin Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Is Black & White In Dune 2

The latest trailer for Dune: Part Two reveals more about Austin Butler’s new villain Feyd-Rautha, who appears in black and white in some scenes. Frank Herbert’s mammoth novel Dune is a sacred text among sci-fi fans but was long considered to be unfilmable. 1984’s adaptation from David Lynch appeared to prove that theory correct, but Denis Villeneuve’s Dune arrived in 2021 and was a critical and commercial success.

The issue with Lynch’s Dune was trying to cram such an epic story into one movie, so Villeneuve wisely opted to split it into two. The upcoming Dune: Part Two continues the journey of Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides as he works with the Fremen to seek revenge against House Harkonnen. Dune: Part Two adds to the original’s already impressive ensemble cast with the addition of Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux and Elvis star Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

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Dune Part 2’s Black & White Scenes Could Connect To The Harkonnen Homeworld, Giedi Prime

Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha.

Feyd-Rautha is the nephew of Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) and was previously played by Sting in the Lynch version. Dune: Part Two is taking a real departure with Feyd-Rautha’s look from both Herbert’s novel and Lynch’s movie, giving him a more monstrous appearance that’s in line with the shaven look of both the Baron and Dave Bautista’s Glossu Rabban. One of the most striking things about Butler’s scenes in Dune: Part Two’s trailer is that many of them take place in stark black and white, which appears to be the look of Giedi Prime, the Harkonnen homeworld.

These black-and-white sequences show Butler’s Feyd-Rautha fighting in gladiator games on Giedi Prime, for the entertainment of his uncle and the other assembled nobility. Even in these brief glimpses, it’s clear Feyd-Rautha is a vicious fighter, and the black and white look of the planet is likely a visual touch added by Villeneuve to completely differentiate Giedi Prime from Arrakis.

Why Austin Butler’s Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen Is So Important In Dune Part 2

Austin Butler in Dune_ Part 2

Dune: Part Two also teases the climactic battle between Paul and Butler’s Feyd-Rautha, which is a major passage in Herbert’s source novel. The character is key to the Baron’s plans for House Harkonnen, as he intends his nephew to become the ruler of Arrakis one day. In many ways, Feyd-Rautha is a dark mirror to Paul’s own journey, and they are both the result of the Bene Gesserit’s centuries-long breeding program designed to make the Kwisatz Haderach “prophecy” come true.

As Butler has stated in interviews describing his Dune: Part Two role, to Feyd-Rautha’s mind, he’s the hero of his own story. The trailer also sets up a romance between him and Léa Seydoux’s Lady Margot Fenring, who is sent by the Bene Gesserit to seduce and have a child with him in the hopes they conceive the Kwisatz Haderach. Butler’s Feyd-Rautha is going to be a major figure in Dune: Part Two, and he’s already proving far more menacing than Sting’s interpretation.

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