Duna 2 will make Zendaya the protagonist, reveals director Denis Villeneuve

Dune – the next adaptation of the sci-fi epic known onscreen as Dune: Part One – covers roughly the first half of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. As Dune’s trailers show, the film follows House Atreides, Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac), his concubine Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and their son Paul (Timothée Chalamet) as they take control of a dangerous desert planet called Arrakis, home to the most precious substance in the universe: spices. Paul de Chalamet is the protagonist in Dune, but he won’t continue in that role in Dune: Part Two, director Denis Villeneuve has revealed. Instead, Zendaya, who plays the native of Arrakis and Paul’s love interest Chani, will take over.

“When I cast the character of Chani, I met a lot of actresses,” Villeneuve told La Repubblica (translated by IGN). “Zendaya wanted to audition and today, after shooting the movie and seeing what a wonderful actress she is, I’m sorry I auditioned. It was just because I didn’t know her. However, that day, she impressed me and when she left the studio, I learned that Chani was her, the young tigress of the desert. I am honored to present two such explosive talents on screen [Chalamet and Zendaya] and can’t wait to shoot the second part of Dune to bring them together again. Knowing this in the next chapter, Zendaya will be the protagonist of the story. ”

Villeneuve has always planned Dune as a two-part film series, but this is the first time we’ve heard of his Dune: Part Two plans. In 2018, Villeneuve revealed that he only signed Dune as director of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., on condition that he landed a two-film contract. In an interview given in 2020, he said: “I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with a single film. The world is very complex. It’s a world that has its power in the details. ” And so, when at the end of 2020 WarnerMedia said that all Warner Bros. titles. 2021 would have a daily release on HBO Max, Villeneuve was frustrated because he felt it would jeopardize the future of his franchise.

“Streaming can produce great content, but not movies of Dune’s scope and scale,” added Villeneuve last December. “Warner Bros.’ decision means Dune won’t have the chance to financially perform to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph. Warner Bros. may have simply killed the Dune franchise. This one’s for the fans. AT&T’s John Stankey said the horse flowing out of the barn. In fact, the horse left the barn to the slaughterhouse. […] My team and I have dedicated more than three years of our lives to making it a unique experience on the big screen. The image and sound of our film was meticulously designed to be seen in theaters. ”

WarnerMedia is still sticking to its HBO Max decision for Dune – which seems more sensible in the last month or so, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 has gripped the US. The country reported more than 250,000 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Of course, audiences are now more reluctant to enter enclosed, enclosed spaces such as movie theaters, and Dune’s hybrid release gives them the option to view the film as they feel comfortable. Villeneuve recognized the need to put public safety first when he attacked WarnerMedia’s owner AT&T, but he believed, like everyone else at the time, that the world would return to a new normal in October 2021. Unfortunately, this still seems unlikely. .

Dune will be released on October 22nd in theaters around the world and on HBO Max in the United States (in the first month of its release). In India, Dune will be released in English and Hindi. It will have its world premiere on September 3 at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.


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