Denis Villeneuve’s much-awaited Dune Crawling closer. Ahead of the film’s October 22, 2021 release, Villeneuve shared an important goal of adapting Frank Herbert’s epic novel. And it’s not what you’d expect. what is here Dune The director had to say.
Villeneuve wanted to ‘expand’ some of the characters.
Timothée Chalamet leads an all-star cast as main character Paul Atreides. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The powerhouse supporting cast includes Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaacs, Javier Barden, and Stellan Skargard.
Zendaya Chani is and Rebecca Ferguson is Lady Jessica. Lady Jessica is Paul’s mother, and “Elphin” Chani is Paul’s love interest. In an interview with Empire Magazine, Villeneuve said that focusing on women’s roles is a priority.
He also said that he wanted to expand the character of Lady Jessica. “I didn’t want Lady Jessica to be an expensive extra,” explains Villeneuve Empire. “What I loved a lot in the book is that there was a strong balance between masculine power and feminine power.”
To begin with, Villeneuve asked screenwriters Eric Roth and Jon Spahts to add some “warrior priests” to Lady Jessica. She is also a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect for women. In addition, her supernatural abilities include reading minds.
“For me, it was important to bring more femininity to the story,” Villeneuve says. “I am fascinated by the relationship between femininity and power, the place women have in society.”
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Villeneuve additionally told Empire that Roth had originally contacted him to find out what he wanted the writers to focus on.
“[Screenwriter] Eric Roth said, ‘If you had one aspect of the novel you would want me to focus on, what would it be?’ I said, ‘Ladies,’” said Villeneuve. “The whole story unfolds because of Lady Jessica, because she decided to give birth to Paul instead of a girl.” [via a breeding program]. He is a fascinating character, one of the most influential and most interesting in the novel.”
And meditate, he did. The efforts seem to have been successful. Moreover, the actors of the film have already revealed their excitement for the final result. Jason Momoa, who plays Duncan Idaho, said he has already seen the film three times. He also took his children to see him.
“It shook me,” Momoa said during a global press conference for the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. “My kids are watching for the first time what happens in the film. I’m like, ‘Oh my god,’ but at the same time they wanted to go see it. This is his favorite film. they love 100% Dune. I’m excited to see the rest of it.”
Co-star Rebecca Ferguson also praised the female characters’ approach.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Ferguson had her own opinion on how Villeneuve and her writers approached female characters. She said that she paid special attention to the way women were portrayed in the past.
“something that Denis Villeneuve and the writers really took into account” [that] This book was written on a day when women were portrayed differently than we are expecting today – what we call gender equality,” Ferguson told fan in an interview. “And that’s something they took into account in creating this script.”
However, the much awaited release of the film is approaching. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2021. So far, the critical response has been unprecedented. At the time of this writing, the film sports a critical Rotten Tomatoes rating of 91%.
Clearly, Villeneuve’s goal was effective.
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