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Dune Part Two Reveals Black Widow Star Florence Pugh’s Set Photo as Princess Irulan

The Midsommar actress, Florence Pugh, is known for more than her acting chops. With skills to match, she quickly adapts to every role presented to her with grace and an energy that can only be described as deferential, at the least. The Oxford-born actress, 26, has already bagged numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination two BAFTAs.

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Florence Pugh

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As a fledgling actress turned Hollywood icon, Florence Pugh is on the rise with her consistently bold and improving filmography. And with her latest franchise role as Yelena Belova in Black Widow, she gained more recognition as her role continued to snag a crucial spot in the Hawkeye miniseries. The next project aligns her with the star-studded ensemble cast of Dune.

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Florence Pugh Joins the Cast of Dune

Titled Dune: Part II, the sci-fi action-adventure film is slated for a late 2023 release. The movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is the second installment in the Dune narrative that follows Paul Atreides, Duke of the House Atreides as he joins the Fremen and begins on a spiritual journey of healing as he slowly grows into his role as their long-awaited messiah.

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Florence Pugh joins the cast of Dune: Part II

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Alongside, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa, Timothee Chalamet hailed the titular role in the third reboot of the Dune franchise. As the sequel gears up for a 2023 release, an important character from the story, the future bride of Paul Atreides, Princess Irulan finally enters the plot with Florence Pugh’s casting as the deuteragonist character. Speaking of his film, Villeneuve explains:

“It’s going to be another beautiful journey in the desert again. It’s the journey where Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, make contact with the Fremen culture and meet with the Fremen. It’s Paul’s journey against the enemy… it’s a movie that will be more cinematic.”

The Fate of Paul Atreides and Princess Irulan

The creator of Dune, Frank Herbert, based the character of his protagonist on a historical figure known to most as Lawrence of Arabia — the British foreigner who leads the native Arabs in a successful rebellion against the Turks during World War I and thus achieves a messianic status in the history of Arabia. Paul Atreides, too, wages jihad in his name across the universe as he slowly rises to the status of the messiah of mankind.

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Florence Pugh plays the role of Princess Irulan in Dune: Part II

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In an old interview, Herbert warns about “society’s tendency to give over every decision-making capacity to a charismatic leader.” He speaks of his character’s archetypal fate in these words:

“Dune was aimed at this whole idea of the infallible leader because my view of history says that mistakes made by a leader (or made in the leader’s name) are amplified by the numbers who follow without question.”

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Paul Atreides represents “a conflict between absolutes and the necessity of the moment” as Herbert notes that “Paul is the hero prince on a quest who weds the daughter of a ‘king’.” Thus begins the saga of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh) and their future children who would go on to become the reigning monarch of the Atreides’s newly minted empire.

Dune: Part II is set to release on November 17, 2023.

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