Zendaya was late to the social gathering on Arrakis, her character Chani solely popping up in earnest within the closing act of Dennis Villeneuve’s celebrated epic, however she’s excited to make up for misplaced time. Deadline’s new cowl story goes deep on the place Dune Part Two stands proper now: the stakes of getting one worm-sized success down, and one other one left to go.
While the Dune sequel will likely be an ensemble, maybe nobody individual will likely be as essential to the film’s success as Zendaya, who performs Chani. She’s a love curiosity to Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atredies, however that hardly begins to explain her function. While Chani performs a small function in Dune Part One, Zendaya explains how she was in a position to acclimate shortly to a forged that was principally absolutely shaped by her arrival.
“I met everybody fully in the stillsuits. So that was a very cool way to be introduced to everyone, pretty much in their character,” she tells Deadline. She additionally credit director Denis Villeneuve, who is “great at giving you structure, but then also giving you freedom within that structure.”
And as for Part Two, she has easy causes for being excited. “I can be there for longer, which is cool,” she jokes, following the understatement with real promise. Zendaya says the break between movies will permit her to develop along with her character in a manner she might capturing practically back-to-back-to-back Spider-Man movies. “What was cool for me having not been around for much of the first shoot was getting to see the movie from a completely fresh perspective, because I hadn’t seen the sets and the scenes for most of the movie. And watching it felt like just the beginning of this story.”
Even if we didn’t get a lot of Zendaya within the first movie, Chalamet says her character is already absolutely shaped and alive. A sequel would simply give her extra room to breathe that candy spice.
“She is Chani, and it’s incredible to witness,” the actor says. “From the get-go, she was that character, and it was inspiring to see. I love the shot in the movie of Chani pulling the mask down for the first time; it feels properly momentous. But even on the day, it was like, Holy sh*t, Chani has arrived. There’s the book, and there have been other adaptations, but not only was the relationship between us alive in Jordan, and not only does it live on the screen now, it was there just at the first chemistry read. It felt obvious.”
The Deadline story breaks down a few of the bigger selections each Villeneuve and producer Mary Parent made concerning the undertaking, together with capturing every half individually and the choice to concurrently launch the film on streaming and in theaters. As Villeneuve stated in dialog with Christopher Nolan earlier this 12 months (recorded for the Director’s Guild podcast), capturing each films back-to-back was his hope … but it surely additionally would have been an enormous mistake. Warner Bros. ultimtaely didn’t go for it — the director’s earlier movie, Blade Runner 2042 didn’t carry out on the field workplace nicely sufficient to encourage confidence to do a film and a sequel in a single blow — however Villeneuve was grateful they pushed him to take his time with one film.
“I would have died,” Villeneuve admitted, saying one film was sufficient of a bodily and psychological drain. “I’m so happy that we didn’t. I would not have had the stamina to do that. Frankly, the truth is that I’m grateful that it happened this way.”
And to Deadline, Villeneuve says the selection to do Part One would additionally serve his imaginative and prescient for the eventual launch of Part Two. These are large films that deserve an enormous display screen.
“There’s something about the power of the big screen and the sound system that you cannot find at home. It becomes almost spiritual, because with an audience suddenly you become one together, which is something humans need. I think we are not meant to be isolated. We are meant to share together. And cinema really is one of the last places that can happen,” he says.
The unprecedented nature of the pandemic made for a “delicate” scenario that the director got here to respect. Streaming is “not the ideal way to see the movie, and the movie was not meant to be seen on a TV screen.” But, as Parent notes, “we had already sat on the movie for a year, so thinking about sitting on it for another year was very stressful.”
The largest stress now comes from “getting all these people assembled” for Part Two, these folks being Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa to call a couple of. It’s an issue that stems from capturing every half individually, which was an issue that got here from what mother or father describes as a scarcity of assets.
“We’re not a Marvel movie and we didn’t have a Marvel budget,” she says, saying that “at $165 million we’re on the smaller side of a big movie.” For context, the manufacturing price on a latest Marvel image, Eternals, was pinned at round $200 million.
But now that Dune was confirmed itself as successful, its sequel will hew nearer to the Villeneuve’s selections. For starters, meaning a 45-day unique theatrical launch window. “For me, it was a non-negotiable condition,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter in October, though he pressured that streaming is a “fantastic way of revisiting movies or discovering movies from the past that are not accessible in theaters anymore.”
Although will probably be a problem to “stay in the same spirit as Part One, while still trying to bring something new to it, cinematically,” Villeneuve appears psyched to get again to his desert, his Arrakis, his Dune. “Dune: Part Two is a baby that has just been conceived. We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter. Shooting is anticipated to start in fall 2022.