Timothée Chalamet praises Zendaya and Florence Pugh in Dune 2
As if the Dunes the cast couldn’t be stacked anymore, the sequel adds big names like Florence Pugh. Unsurprisingly, everyone involved in Dune: part 2 puts in great performances, especially Pugh and Zendaya, as star Timothée Chalamet has nothing but praise for his two co-stars.
With the sequel planned to cover the second half of the novel, Dune: part 2 will focus heavily on Paul’s relationship with the Fremen group and his journey to becoming the legendary Kwisatz Haderach, which ultimately leads to his rebellion against the Emperor. Pre-shooting took place on July 4, 2022 at Brion’s grave in Altivole, Italy, while principal photography began on July 18 in Budapest, Hungary. Dune: part 2 then started filming in Abu Dhabi in November.
Sit down for an interview for Variety’s bones and all cover, Chalamet boasted of his two Dunes 2 co-stars, sharing how the two have delivered incredible performances so far. “Florence is really special,” Chalamet said. “She’s an amazing actress. She was amazing in ‘Dune’ – really amazing. She brought gravity to the role. And I can’t believe my good fortune at that young age…Taylor Russell in ‘Bones and All’ and Zendaya in ‘Dune.’ And Austin Butler is in that movie too.” He added that Pugh, who joined the cast as Princess Irulan, is now done Dune: part 2.
For Zendaya, Chalamet said she brings everything she brought to the first film, but more, adding that the two were able to develop their friendship after working together on the first film due to her larger role in Dune: part 2. “She hasn’t finished yet, and that’s amazing,” Chalamet said. “She brings exactly what she brought to the first – which was amazing – but in greater abundance. And she has truly become a sister. I’m so grateful to count her as a partner, sister and friend, and also to share stories of how amazing it is to work with Luca, because we’ve worked with him back to back on very different projects.” Chalamet was referring to that Zendaya got to collaborate with director Luca Guadagnino on the upcoming tennis romantic comedy, Challengers.
All three actors are cementing themselves as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, so it’s no surprise fans are in store for more big performances in Dune: part two. Joining them are Austin Butler, who was chosen as the Harkonnen Feyd-Rautha heir, and Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV. Other additions include Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot and Souheila Yacoub as Shishakli. Some returning cast members include Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban.
Dune: part two will now arrive in theaters on November 3, 2023.