She actually has a bigger role in the TV series than in the book, and gets some extra stuff during the banquet, a scene that is not in either theatrical film. I can't see not doing it. It's a chance to work in easy exposition and character development without it feeling forced. I thought every director looked at the banquet scenes in The Leopard and The Godfather and thought "I want to do this, but sci-fi," but apparently not.
> Villeneuve is a talented director but I don't know that he's made a start to finish wonderful movie yet.
I was happy with Blade Runner but I think he's a technically talented company hack. I doubt he really had anything like the degree of agency that the publicity likes to make it look like he had.
I've only seen this, Blade Runner, and Arrival. But these three projects were:
A film based on one of the most acclaimed sci-fi short stories.
A sequel to the most beloved sci-fi film that didn't have a sequel already.
A film based on the biggest sci-fi novel of all time, which had already been made into a theatrical movie that most people didn't like and a tv serial with very dated special effects.
Based on these projects, I believe that his next film, after he makes more Dune movies, will be to adapt the most beloved sci-fi radio series of all time: The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy.