Timothée Chalamet is one of the most promising young actors of the past few years but even he was humbled by the massive production scale of “Dune”.
After appearing in Christopher Nolan’s modern classic “Interstellar”, Timothée Chalamet went on to star in other critically acclaimed films, such as “Call Me By Your Name”, “Lady Bird” and “Little Women”. The 26-year-old actor has been given the biggest opportunity of his career so far by Denis Villeneuve last year, when he appeared as Paul Atreides in the new film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult classic novel, “Dune”. The actor has already proven himself to be the true “Kwisatz Haderach”, but next year’s sequel will require an even more convincing performance.
Between shooting the two Dune films, Chalamet worked again with Luca Guadagnino on his next film, “Bones and All”. In an interview about the movie, the actor mentioned that he was not happy with his performance in “Dune”. Co-star Taylor Russell talked about the differences between stage work and film work, specifically that actors don’t get the chance to try again if they don’t get something right the first time.
“Actually though, I’m feeling that with ‘Dune’”, Chalamet responded. He then continued: “I was younger when I did it the first time and was kind of blindsided by how big that movie was. And now, as Paul Atreides becomes more sure on his heels, I feel more sure on my heels, too”, said the actor, who arrived in Hungary this summer to begin filming on “Dune: Part Two”.
Even though it was released in 2021, principal photography on “Dune” started in March 2019 in Budapest, when Chalamet was just 23 years old. It’s understandable that he would find it difficult to hold his own among an experienced, star-studded cast. However, the unfolding of his newly gained confidence and experiences will surely be fascinating to see, as we go deeper into Paul Atreides’ story, evolving into the true messiah of Arrakis, leader of the Fremen.
In the sequel, Chalamet will be joined once again by Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista and Javier Bardem, while newcomers to the already impressive cast include Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken and Léa Seydoux.
“Dune: Part Two” is currently scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2023, just over a year from now, while “Bones and All” will be released in cinemas within a few weeks.
Source: Slash Film
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