Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” features 25-year-old actor Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the crown prince who is being groomed to rule, when his family learns that they must lead and protect the desert planet Arrakis, which holds the most precious natural resources. .
Denis Villeneuve himself is the famous director behind epic films like “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049.” He has his own vision for this film, which has been his dream since he first read the novel “Dune” as a teenager.
With support from Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros., as well as funding of US $ 165 million, as well as the discourse of making a sequel film that has been promised, and an additional year to make this film perfect after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Denis Villeneuve finally managed to make the film “Dune” that was to his liking.
Through the Associated Press when met at the press conference for the film “Dune” in Italy, Denis Vielleneuve said, the story in the novel “Dune” is very rich and full of detailed information.
“The biggest challenge (when working on this film) was how we had to maintain a balance of information when bringing the story into the film, especially when conveying it to an audience who did not know the book at all,” said Denis Vielleneuve.
Plus, he has to provide enough information so that the audience can understand the storyline and his adventures, as well as produce a good cinematography.
When Frank Herbert wrote the fictional novel “Dune” in the 60s, he described the 20th century, which gradually led to predictions of what would happen in the 21st century.
Denis Villeneuve added, the story in the film which contains elements of religion, politics, myth, destiny, heritage, environmental destruction and colonialism is becoming “more relevant in today’s times.”
This film also stars the actress Zendaya who plays the character Chani. Although the role is small, the character can become one of the main focuses, if later there will be a sequel film according to the director’s wishes.
Zendaya herself did not get much time to shoot together with the actors in this film, even some of them only met at the film’s press conference in Italy.
“I feel intimidated when I see the actors and filmmakers I admire so much, plus the opportunity to work with Denis Villeneueve,” said Zendaya.
According to Zendaya, who is also 25 years old, Denis is an extraordinary filmmaker and has always been admired by him.
Just like Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet also feels lucky to be working with the actors and filmmakers in this film.
“I can rely on (the actors and actresses in this film) and express my heart to them during the shooting process which lasted about 4 or 5 months. I really admire the film projects of these actors and actresses,” said Timothee.
Timothee hopes they can work on a sequel. This will be his dream. He is very grateful for the experience involved in making this film.
Timothee had already been chosen to play the main character Paul Atreides when Zendaya came for the selection process and read dialogues with him, as the character Chani.
At that time the production team assessed the compatibility between the two. Timothee said he was fascinated when he met Zendaya, whom he had always watched on screen all this time. He also felt intimidated, although according to Zendaya, Timothee shouldn’t have to feel pressured, because at that time he already had the main role.
The film “Dune” also stars Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem.
The plan is “Dune” will be released on October 22 next in theaters and also HBO Max, like the films produced by Warner Bros. others in 2021.
However, Denis Villeneuve hopes that audiences will still go to the cinema for a different experience. [di/ii]