Feyd-Rautha from Sting to… let's reveal who will play him (even if it has already been announced)! We take this opportunity to publish this article since on Netflix Dune has been made available

Saturday, November 19, 2022 were held in Los Angeles i Governors Award. Three special awards that the Academy awards to those who have left an indelible mark on the film industry. 
Since 2009, the awards have been awarded in a separate ceremony, whereas before they were an integral part of the Oscar night. We will not dwell on the Lifetime Achievement Award Michael J. Fox, but on a guest who caught the attention of many of the reporters, including Vanity Fair's senior correspondent: Austin butler

Known for having lent the face to Elvis in the new movie by Baz Luhrmann, Austin was asked to make a few statements about what it's like for him to work on the second film in the saga of Dunes. 

It's a surreal experience. I loved the first movie. It's a masterpiece. One morning I woke up and he was on the phone (Villeneuve NDR). He wanted to see me for a part. 

Austin Butler for Vanity Fair

The part is that of Feyd-Rautha



Who is Feyd-Rautha

Feyd-Rautha he is one of those characters who intrigue the reader from the very first pages. Not much is known about his past history, at least not by reading Dune, di Frank Herbert. . We have to thank Brian Herbert e Kevin J Anderson that in their House Harkonnen (2000) have clarified many of the doubts left by the original series. 

What readers learn about him, since 1965, is that he is an ambitious young man, without scruples or morals. Baron Harkonnen's nephew, younger brother of that Rabban the Beast who controls Arrakis with an iron fist and a foolish blindness that will lead to its downfall. As the name implies, Rabban makes brute force his weapon of choice. He's not a leader, he doesn't know how to be. From his uncle's family - his father was the Baron's half-brother, but distanced himself from the Harkonnens until he adopted his wife's surname - he inherits cruelty and sadism, but unlike the Baron he has no foresight or shrewdness. He doesn't know the rules of the political game and doesn't understand why the Bene Gesserit sisterhood is not to be antagonized. He's a war machine but he needs someone to point him at a target. 

Feyd-Rautha it's different. Forty years pass between him and his older brother and the Baron sees in Feyd a new possibility to have the ideal heir. And the person who sits in the Baron's office and listens as he and his mentat Piter explain the plan to destroy the Atreides house is everything his uncle could want, in many, not exactly hidden ways.
Young, handsome, ruthless, he laughs loudly as the two talk about how Duke Leto will die in their trap. 


Paul and Fayd: mirror images

In many ways, they are the characters who are the most similar in the entire saga. 

Heirs of two great families, related to each other more closely than they imagine. Both grow up as soldiers and politicians. At their side are the human computer advisers of the Duke on one side and the Baron on the other. They are both the result of centuries of genetic manipulation by the Bene Gesserit. Their purpose was to seek their supreme being, lo Kwisatz Haderach. Paul and Feyd would have been even more united if Jessica hadn't broken her vow and her mission to give Duke Leto a son and heir. 

Jessica was expected to bear only daughters, one of whom would be married to Feyd-Rautha. This marriage is also the only reason that pushes the Sisterhood to deliver a new heir into the hands of the Baron. 

So what sets them apart? The society around them, for example. One in complete harmony with nature, where the ruler does everything to meet the needs of his people. The other is an industrialized and dying society, where citizens are slaves or soldiers and where human life is worth nothing. 

Even the education received, although basically the same, varies in the methods in which it is imparted. Paul is surrounded by his father's example, by the men the duke trusts and who impart moral lessons along with other teachings. 

Feyd grows up under the careful care of the Baron, who worries about how to eradicate all forms of pity and mercy from his soul before leaving him to the not-so-delicate attentions of Piter, a mental corrupted in spirit. 

It's only natural the way these characters have been conceived and developed that eventually one kills the other. 

If you think about it, they are the same character divided into two bodies. One with a mission to be a Messiah and quasi-divine being, the other with the purpose of bringing in and releasing, possibly against those Paul loves, all the darkness that Paul, by his very nature, cannot contain.

They are the physical representation of the endless struggle between good and evil. Only together do they make up all the shades of gray that the human race is full of, but together they cannot exist except as sworn enemies destined to destroy each other.  


Butler Feyd-Rautha

So what to expect? 

Virtually nothing is known about what happens on the set of the new chapter. Only one new concept art has landed on the internet these days, but it's easy to imagine that, as it happened with Jason Momoa, in the role of Duncan Idaho, the role of Feyd-Rautha will have longer screen time than previously. Otherwise, it wouldn't make sense to cast an actor on the crest of the wave. 

A narrative arc that could lead him to take on the role of the nemesis he was born to be. Baron Harkonnen is the eminence grise of the story, but he is not the classic villain or at least not for Paul. He could become Feyd, although he would be better seen in the role of the antagonist. An obstacle to overcome that stands between Paul and his goal, his mission, or even between Paul and his love interest. 

If these theories are far-fetched, or if they will find a basis on which to rest, we will only know next year when the second chapter of the saga will be released in world cinemas.
For the moment we can only hope that expectations are not betrayed, but knowing Villeneuve and the respect he has for the original work there shouldn't be any unpleasant surprises on this front. 

You have the word. What do you think about it? What do you expect to see in this new chapter? And above all, you are curious about this new one Feyd-Rautha