After romancing Tom Holland in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and Zac Efron in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, Zendaya is being eyed to play Timothée Chalamet‘s love interest Chani in Denis Villeneuve‘s DUNE reboot. Based on the acclaimed novels by Frank Herbert, DUNE is a space-faring adventure story that is rich with political intrigue and complex machinations. The story follows Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, the heir apparent of the Atreides family. When they’re sent to rule over the desert planet Arrakis and its valuable spice commodity, their rule is contested by competing noble families, leading to betrayal and ultimately rebellion.
Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson will co-star as Chalamet’s parents, while Stellan Skarsgård will play the film’s antagonist, Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista will play his murderous nephew. Meanwhile, screen legend Charlotte Rampling will play the Reverend Mother Mohiam, who can divine intentions, suss out lies and manipulate people’s emotional states on behalf of the emperor.
Should her deal close, Zendaya would play Chani, the girl of Paul’s dreams who takes on a leading role as his proper love interest in the next Dune film — should this one merit a sequel. Remember, Villeneuve is an ambitious filmmaker whose BLADE RUNNER 2049 was also supposed to spark a franchise, to no avail. This time around, Villeneuve co-wrote the script himself along with Oscar-winner Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP) and Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS). Zendaya was one of a handful of non-white actresses to test for the role of Chani.
Zendaya will soon reprise her role of Michelle, aka MJ, in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, which swings into theaters on July 5, and her HBO series ‘Euphoria’ will debut later this year.