Even as Timothée Chalamet basks in the afterglow of Bones and All and its 10-minute standing ovation, Hollywood’s golden boy has hardly forgotten about his Dune co-star, Zendaya. The two actors, rising in the modern-day industry, have faced the chaotic rise to stardom side by side. By the time the space sci-fi epic got hold of its leading cast, it was not surprising to witness the unspoken trance-inducing spell emanating from beyond the screens by the performances of Chalamet and Zendaya.
As the stars gear up once again for Denis Villeneuve’s second part of the epic adventure, Timothée Chalamet speaks of the unbelievable talent encapsulated by Zendaya and the enviable relationship that emerged between them in the aftermath of their time on set.
Timothée Chalamet Showers Dune Star Zendaya With Praise
Timothée Chalamet’s star power lies not in his aesthetically charming presence or the endearing humility that radiates via his numerous public appearances and interviews. The emergent A-lister arrived onto the cinematic landscape in his early 20s and swept up the world with his unrealistic appeal when he caught the attention of billions overnight with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. As time folds in on itself and popular demand rises, Timothée Chalamet becomes one of the handfuls of actors that is able to deliver a constant revolving palette of successful blockbuster films and precariously placed indie films like the latest cannibalistic romance, Bones and All.
The promotional tour of the film eventually brings the actor up to the interview room with Variety where Chalamet barely holds back in his appreciation of co-stars, Florence Pugh and Zendaya. While talking about the latter and her Dune: Part Two appearance, the infamous Statistics rapper claims,
“[Zendaya] hasn’t wrapped [filming] yet and it’s amazing. She’s bringing exactly what she brought to the first one — which was incredible — but in greater abundance. And she’s really become a sister. I’m so grateful to count her as a partner and a sister and a friend.”
The qualitative praise that Zendaya manages to receive from every aspect of the industry that she touches — fashion, production, acting — is nothing new. However, the brotherly affection when received from the likes of Chalamet though will definitely calm down the canon ship of the Zendaya-Tom Holland fandom who have witnessed the latter pair grow and evolve into friends and more over the years filming MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy.
The Multifaceted Beauty of Timothée Chalamet’s Dune
The Warner Bros. film, Dune (2021) brought together some of the best actors of the generation, veterans alongside the new, and managed to deliver a timeless masterpiece condensed in the space of a film that was as visually hypnotic in its cinematography as it is rich in its stunning narrative. Although controversial for reasons that go far beyond the original novel’s “white boy savior” amid a world-building and plot heavily influenced by Islamic beliefs, Dune skillfully escapes the complexities of the drama to deliver a space adventure that also feels like a period piece.
The 2021 film is now on the verge of being followed by an equally masterful sequel that reels in the talented Florence Pugh, who is set to star as Princess Irulan opposite the messiah who has been deemed as “less than a god, more than a man.” The ensemble cast of Dune: Part Two comprises Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, and Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam.
Dune: Part Two premieres on November 3, 2023.