Deadline has announced that Swiss actress Souheila Yacoub will be playing Shishakli in Dune: Part Two, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film adaptation of Dune.
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In the Dune novel, Shishakli is described as a Fedaykin squad leader from Sietch Tabr — the Fedaykin being the indigenous Fremen’s guerrilla fighters. In 2021, Yacoub starred in A Brighter Tomorrow, known in French as De bas étage. As a teenager, Yacoub was part of the Swiss National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.
Dune: Part Two will once again be directed by Denis Villeneuve. The returning cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Joining them is Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, and Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot.
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Last year, Dune went on to garner critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Earlier this year, it racked up a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations and won six of them, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects.