Florence Pugh has reportedly been in talks for a potential role that will reunite her with her onetime co-star Timothee Chalamet. The actress is in negotiation for a part in the upcoming Dune sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, her casting is not certain, as Florence is purportedly waiting to be given the newest draft of the screenplay, which has not yet been finished.
Furthermore, she is also said to be being considered for a new Madonna biopic directed by the pop star herself. If Florence ends up playing Madonna, her schedule may not allow her to also be in the next Dune, which could start principal photography over the summer. Meanwhile, if she does wind up in Dune she will be reunited with Timothee for the first time since the 2019 adaptation of Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig. Helmed by Denis Villeneuve, the latest film adaptation of Dune was released last October.
That movie did not cover the entirety of its source material, the 1965 science fiction novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. As a result, a sequel is in the works to cover the remainder of the book, with several members of the previous film’s cast returning. Timothee will rejoin his Dune castmates Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Rebecca Ferguson in the upcoming follow-up.
Florence is said to be up for the role of Princess Irulan, whose father is the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV of the Known Universe. The novel was adapted into a single movie in the 1980s by David Lynch, but the film was a critical commercial failure that was promptly disowned by its director. In that version, Kyle MacLachlan played Paul, the character portrayed by Timothee in the new films, while Princess Irulan was played by Virginia Madsen.