Anticipation rises for 'Dune 2'
The first installment of "Dune," based on the novel by Frank Herbert, grossed $400 million globally in 2021. The sequel started production a year later under the direction of Denis Villeneuve. The plot remains vague, revealing that Paul Atreides must ally with Chani and the Fremen to battle against the Harkonnens. The sequel promises to up the ante compared to its predecessor.
"I probably shouldn't say this, but I view the first part of 'Dune' as an appetizer, and the second part as the main course," the director told "Collider".
The film's Lady Jessica, Rebecca Ferguson, expressed intense emotions about the sequel.
"Compared to the sequel, 'Dune' is nothing. The second part feels like a punch in the stomach," the exhilarated actress revealed to the magazine.
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The romantic relationship between Paul and Chani is expected to feature prominently in the sequel.
"Denis managed to craft a beautiful love story between the main characters against the epic backdrop of 'Dune,'" Zendaya, who plays Chani, told, "Entertainment Tonight."
An awkward kiss
The "Dune 2" trailer showcased a kiss that sparked viewers' anticipation. However, the actors experienced it as awkward given their long-term friendship and committed relationships: Timothee Chalamet with Kylie Jenner and Zendaya with Tom Holland.
"It was certainly strange, but we reminded ourselves that it's our job, so we just did it," Chani's character reflected in an "ET" interview.
"It was really bizarre because we are platonic friends, but we treated it as a typical day at work," Chalamet added.
Leading up to the premiere, Zendaya highlighted another element of Paul and Chani's intimate relationship.
"What's left unsaid and expressed through their gaze is critical. We relied heavily on that. These moments may be fleeting, but they speak volumes," Zendaya concluded.
The second installment of "Dune" is set to roll out in theaters on March 1 this year.