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Denis Villeneuve on Timothee Chalamet as his first and solely selection to steer ‘Dune’: I had no plan B

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NEW DELHI: Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve says when he determined to direct his upcoming magnum opus “Dune”, he knew he wished to forged Hollywood’s rising star Timothee Chalamet to play the lead character of Paul Atreides.

Chalamet, identified for movies like “Call Me By Your Name”, “Lady Bird” and “Beautiful Boy”, stars as Paul, a superb and gifted younger man born into an excellent future past his understanding, who should journey to essentially the most harmful planet within the universe to make sure the way forward for his household and his folks.

As malevolent forces explode into battle over the planet’s unique provide of essentially the most valuable useful resource in existence — a commodity able to unlocking humanity’s best potential — solely those that can conquer their concern will survive.

Calling Chalamet “a tremendous, amazing, incredible actor”, the filmmaker stated it was not troublesome to persuade him as a result of the Oscar nominee cherished the script they usually wished to work collectively.

“The process of choosing Timothee Chalamet was very simple: there was no process. There was only Timothee. I had no plan B. I mean, I was making ‘Dune’ with Timothee Chalamet, that’s it, that’s all,” Villeneuve stated in a press release.

The director stated he wanted a “strong actor” to headline his retelling of the sci-fi epic “Dune” and Chalamet match the position like a glove.

“First of all is that Timothee is very thoughtful and that is something that reflects in the eyes. It’s something that you feel. Paul is an intellectual, and we need to feel that throughout the movie, that he is someone that has doubt, that will reimagine the world around him and embrace a different reality and adapt to a new reality. That takes a lot of intelligence, the capacity for adaptation, and it’s something that I wanted to see in Paul Atreides,” he added.

The character of Paul is immensely charismatic, a trait that the younger actor possessed, Villeneuve defined.

“We have to believe that he could become, in the future, a religious leader who can lead an army. So I needed that charisma, and Timothee has that insane rock star quality. And also he looks very young. Paul is an old soul, but in the book he is 15, 16 years old. Timothee was 22, 23 when we shot the movie, so he’s a bit older, but on camera he looks like a teenager. So that was the perfect combination for Paul Atreides,” the director, identified for movies like “Arrival”, “Blade Runner 2049” and “Sicario”, stated.

The movie additionally stars Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling with Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

A theatrical adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the identical title, “Dune” will probably be launched by Warner Bros Pictures throughout India on October 22, barring Maharashtra had been it’ll hit the screens on October 29.