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Zendaya's Role in 'Dune' Sequel Clarified

Two days ago, IGN reported that actress Zendaya would lead the Dune (2021) sequel as the remake of author Frank Herbert's novel. After correcting miscommunications, director Denis Villeneuve offered more insight into a misleading statement about Zendaya's character moving forward.

The same outlet updated their original article that had first published a piece saying that Zendaya would be the leading protagonist. In hindsight, one word in place of another makes for a distinct change of meaning, leaving IGN to update their reporting. Instead of the lead protagonist, Zendaya will be the leading female protagonist and Timothee Chalamet is to remain as the main focus of the sequel, respecting the trajectory of Chani's role in Herbert's book.

Villeneuve spoke to Italian magazine Il Venerdì di Repubblica about his excitement to move forward with the second part of Dune. The interview, per DuneInfo, expressed the director's burning inclination to work on the sequel, confirming that Zendaya's role would elevate into a protagonist if the sequel is greenlit by the studio. "I'm honoured to present on-screen two talents [Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya] that are so explosive, and I can't wait to shoot the second part of Dune to get them back together. Knowing that in the next chapter Zendaya will be the [female] protagonist of the story,"

Dune has been in the developmental stages for a number of years. Its November 2020 release date was struck down by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this potential two-part epic, Villeneuve is positioned to direct Dune: The Sisterhood. Reports of the 45-day theatrical window were debunked and the movie is now expected to release in theaters while sharing a same-day release on HBO Max.

"A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, [who] must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive," the official Warner Bros. summary via IMDb, reads.

Dune is to release both in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22, 2021.

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