The film “Dune” is one of the most anticipated releases of this year not only for the filmmaker in charge of this adaptation, Dennis Villeneuve, or for its incredible science fiction concepts, but also for its protagonists. In this version, Timothee Chalamet will be in charge of bringing Paul to life and Zendaya will take on Chani’s skin. But although this film has not yet reached theaters, the director is already thinking about the second part and wants to implement a big change.
The director is very excited about the premiere of the film based on the Frank Herbert novel. Beyond the conflicts with Warner Bros. and the battles for the simultaneous streaming premiere, Villeneuve bets on both this release and the sequel. But for that, he plans to let the searchlights point to Zendaya and not Timothee.
“I can’t wait to film the second part of ‘Dune’ to put Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya back together, especially knowing that in the next chapter, Zendaya will be the protagonist of the story,” confessed the director in an interview.
Chani, Zendaya’s character in “Dune,” is the daughter of Liet Kynes, an Imperial ecologist and Arrakis planetologist. In addition to being a prominent member of the Fremen, the character of the singer and actress is of special importance in the second part of the novel. There, she is in charge of showing Paul and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), her mother, the ways of the Fremen. In addition, it appears constantly in Paul’s visions and dreams, something that seems to be particularly relevant in the Villeneuve film from what has been seen in the trailers.
Some lucky ones, those who are part of the industry or are friends with the right people, have already seen “Dune” and have only compliments to say about it. One of the most prominent is Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, who was fascinated by the work, but is concerned about the release mode and how that may affect the enjoyment of the film.
“It gives me hope that someone like Denis will be able to harness his vision and create something so incredible, so cinematic,” he revealed to Sight & Sound in an interview. “I’m impressed by the experience I had in that room, but I’m terrified that people don’t live that experience like me, in a movie theater, and what that means for their future,” she reflected.