Eternals and The Batman star Barry Keoghan was previously the fan-favorite to play Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Dune: Part Two. However, as we all know now, that didn't end up happening as Elvis star Austin Butler was eventually cast in the role and now the sequel is currently in the middle of filming.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Keoghan reflected on losing the role of Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two. While he was really keen on getting the part and would have loved to be included in the film, he was able to accept the loss and moved on from the situation.
"Ah, yeah, I really enjoyed that process. Look, I’m a big fan of Dune, and it would have been nice to be part of it. I’m a big fan of Timothée [Chalamet] as well. But it wasn’t for me. You have to accept that sometimes. Sometimes it’s not for you," he said.
As proven by his previous roles, Keoghan would have been great in the role of Feyd-Rautha and a lot of fans could have also been sold by the idea of him casting in the film since he was already fancast prior to the making of the sequel.
However, we also have to consider that perhaps director Denis Villeneuve and his team found Butler to be the best actor for the part based on the auditions which is why he was the one who got cast in the role in the end. The Elvis star has also proved that he is a talented actor and let's just wait and see what his take on the character will look like.
Despite not getting cast in the film, Keoghan is still involved in major franchises such as the MCU with the role of Druig and Matt Reeves' The Batman Universe where he is playing The Joker. Even without the Dune role, there is still a flourishing career ahead for him.
Dune: Part Two is slated for release in theaters on November 3, 2023. You can check more details about it here.