Timothée Chalamet And Zendaya Would Be “Super Enthusiastic” To Return For ‘Dune: Messiah’

Dune: Part One was a huge hit in 2021, both critically and at the box office during a rough time for movie theaters. When the sequel was delayed due to the strikes, it deflated fans who were eager to see Denis Villeneuve conclude his sci-fi epic. But, as most already know, these first two movies adapt just one of Frank Herbert’s novels, and if this is also a success, there’s a good chance we’ll see the next book adapted, Dune: Messiah.

If Dune: Messiah is going to happen, Villeneuve won’t have any trouble luring back stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. The trio spoke with Total Film about the prospect of returning for a third movie to conclude the story of Paul Atreides. Suffice it to say, all are pretty excited…

“Denis is an artist, and doesn’t like to share things until he’s got it figured out,” Zendaya said. “So whenever he’s ready, we’re all keenly ready to hear what his vision is.”

Chalamet added, “The idea excites me very much. If the time and opportunity comes to complete the story with ‘Messiah,’ I think we’re all super-enthusiastic about that.”

Villeneuve has said the script for Dune: Messiah is nearly finished, and thinks Paul’s story needs to be tied-up properly…

“All of the elements are there,” Villeneuve explains. “But I think the movie adaptation is more tragic than the book. The way that Part Two ends… it would create a total balance and equilibrium to finish Paul’s storyline in what we could say in Part Three.”

Dune: Part Two opens in theaters on March 1st.

Travis Hopson
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