Anyone who’s gotten as far as page one in Frank Herbert’s classic novel will recognize the name Princess Irulan; her character is a renowned historian, and excerpts from her later books appear before every chapter. She is also the eldest daughter of Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, who assigns Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) to the spice-rich desert planet Arrakis. Duke Leto brings his family along, including his son Paul (Timothée Chalamet), kicking off the events of the 2021 film.
While book readers already know the answer, we’ll let film fans wonder if Princess Irulan is likely to appear in director Denis Villeneuve’s planned third movie in the series, which he’s said will be based on Herbert’s Dune Messiah. Meanwhile, Dune: Part One is nearing the ends of its awards push, having been nominated for 10 Academy Awards.