The two actresses will play a decisive role in Denis Villeneuve’s film and the fate of Arrakis.
There are just three weeks left to sink into the chair to enjoy Dune: Part Two, the second installment of the ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s original novel that Denis Villeneuve brings to the big screen with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dune: Part One laid the groundwork and introduced characters and events, so this second part, which will leave us at the end of the novel and prepare for a third installment that will adapt Dune Messiah —if the studio gives the green light—, will abound in action.
Within the stellar cast of the film, two women will have a very relevant role in the destiny of Arrakis and the rise of the fremen with Paul Atreides: Princess Irulan Corrino and Chani, respectively portrayed by Florence Pugh and Zendaya.
The two actresses have shared with Collider the scenes that made them most nervous during the filming of Dune: Part Two. Their statements may contain minor spoilers, so we prefer to warn you before moving on to the next paragraph.
The highlights of Dune: Part Two for Zendaya and Florence Pugh
In Pugh’s case, the actress who will play Irulan Corrino highlights her first scene in the movie, which was shot on the first day of filming and also opens the film. But she also highlights an encounter between Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken) and the Harkonnen.
“For me, it was probably the scene in the emperor’s store, where all the Harkonnen come in and we just look at them from the throne. When I read it, I was very excited and thought, ‘That scene is going to be intense, amazing, and exciting‘”
Zendaya, on the other hand, highlights an emotional fremen ceremony where the nature of the people of Arrakis plays against the ability to express emotions.
“For the fremen, you’re not supposed to waste water, and that includes crying. Stilgar [Javier Bardem] says, ‘Don’t waste your water on the dead,’ and things like that. So it’s like wanting to evoke an emotion, but not being able to cry.
Then you have to let the tears fall at a very specific moment. So you have to hold it in, and then they can only fall when something specific happens. I had to keep compose, but also be emotional. There’s a scene where I accidentally cried and they had to remove it“
Zendaya and Florence Pugh are part of a stellar cast that adorns Dune: Part Two, with names like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Austin Butler, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Walken, or Dave Bautista.
Dune: Part Two premieres in theaters on March 1 after a long delay caused by Hollywood strikes. Are you ready to return to Arrakis?