Sting Has No Issue With Austin Butler Recreating His Character In ‘Dune’

Sting expressed his approval and support for Austin Butler taking on the role of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the upcoming ‘Dune: Part Two,’ as Butler revealed during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The 32-year-old actor set to star in ‘Dune: Part Two,’ recalled his surreal experience meeting Sting, the original Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen from David Lynch’s 1984 ‘Dune,’ at the movie’s New York City premiere. He stated:

“I met him last night; he came to the premiere. It was so surreal. My mind was blown. He’s the best.”

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Detailing their interaction, Butler added:

“He came up afterward, and he was so, so, lovely and just debonair. I asked him about [starring in the original ‘Dune’ movie] and he said he still has the codpiece from the original [‘Dune’], he said he’s going to dry clean it and let me wear it if I want to.”

Sting’s Original Portrayal And The Legacy Of Feyd-Rautha

Sting originally portrayed the villain Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the 1984 adaptation of ‘Dune,’ featuring Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, the character now played by Timothée Chalamet. The recent ‘Dune’ films by Denis Villeneuve are divided into two parts, with Feyd-Rautha absent from the 2021 release but set to be a key antagonist in the sequel. Butler takes on the role in a new adaptation, presenting Feyd-Rautha as a bald and menacing figure.

While Sting is best known for his musical achievements, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, he also boasts a diverse acting portfolio. From his film debut in ‘The Who’s musical Tommy’ to roles in ‘Brimstone and Treacle’ and ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,’ Sting has demonstrated his acting skills across various genres. His recent appearance as a fictionalized version of himself was in Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building.’

Watch Butler’s words on meeting Sting below.