Dune: Part Two is adding Lady Margot to the cast, but this important character has been missing from previous adaptations of the books.
Dune was a relatively big hit in 2021, showing an audience for less “mainstream” science fiction blockbusters. In attempting to be more accurate to the original Frank Herbert novel, the movie also took its time with the source material. That means that, unlike David Lynch’s Dune, the story will get adapted across several films instead of truncating it into one. Thus, Dune: Part Two can introduce characters and concepts not seen in the 1984 movie.
One of these is Lady Margot Fenring, a chief character in the franchise beyond just the original story. She recently got cast, with Léa Seydoux taking on the role in Dune: Part Two. Nevertheless, as important as she is, she’s likely unfamiliar with those who’ve only seen the previous adaptations. Here’s what role Lady Margot plays in the books, which will get adapted in the upcoming 2023 film.
Like Jessica, the mother of Paul Atreides, Margot Fenring is a member of the matriarchal Bene Gesserit. This secretive female order gave Margot incredible powers and abilities through their training. In her case, these gifts include complete control over her own biology and potent seduction. The latter is used to her advantage when she manipulates Feyd-Rautha, who Austin Butler will play in the sequel. Both plainly dressed and strikingly beautiful with her blonde hair, Margot instantly stands out when she approaches her Harkonnen target.
She got tasked with reproducing with him to secure the longevity of his bloodline. That is despite her already being married to Count Hasimir Fenring, though the Bene Gesserit’s ambitions largely ignore familial morality. Her own cosmic awareness has her doubt the news of Paul’s death, even refusing to kill him when he proves to be alive. Nevertheless, she still follows Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV into exile when Paul takes over Arrakis.
The prequel book Dune: House Atreides explored more of the franchise’s world before the first book. This book and its sequel had her in a more active role, with her physical commando training, which was incredibly lethal, getting showcased. There, she was integral to the Bene Gesserit’s plan to circumvent the machinations of the Shaddam clan, namely by keeping them from producing a male heir.
Paul of Dune finally continued her story in the present day, with her child being used as a playmate to infiltrate the Atreides household. But that is part of an assassination attempt on Paul’s life, with Margot wanting her daughter Marie to rule in his place. Forgoing any plans of the Bene Gesserit, Margot gets cemented as a villain for her actions, which prove almost fatal for Paul.
Previous adaptations of the series completely excised Lady Margot from the narrative, mostly due to time in the case of the original 1984 Dune film. Given that she’s only getting introduced in the second movie, it’s unknown how much of Margot’s story will hit the big screen. If nothing else, all of the first Dune book will be adapted, but if it’s successful enough, Dune: Part Two could also see Paul of Dune become a movie. If so, Margot will likely become the biggest threat against the supposed Kwisatz Haderach.
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