Timothee Chalamet will star in “Dune 3,” which Denis Villeneuve wants to film

Director Denis Villeneuve has expressed interest in creating “Dune 3,” continuing the cinematic journey of Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction saga. The sequel will be based on Herbert’s book “Dune: Messiah.” Here’s what might unfold for Timothée Chalamet if Villeneuve’s vision gets the green light.

TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film
TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film

Denis Villeneuve successfully adapted Frank Herbert’s supposedly unfilmable “Dune” in 2021, with Timothée Chalamet playing the central character, Paul Atreides. The story revolves around Paul’s family taking control of the desert planet Arrakis, known for its valuable natural resources crucial for space travel.

“Dune: Part Two” was initially delayed until March 2024 due to industry strikes, but Villeneuve has expressed a strong desire to turn the “Dune” series into a trilogy. He envisions his adaptation staying true to Frank Herbert’s concept that Paul Atreides is not a traditional hero but a complex figure, and he views the story as a cautionary tale.

Villeneuve has also indicated that he won’t helm any future “Dune” projects beyond the third movie, as the source material becomes more esoteric in subsequent books.

Here’s a glimpse of what could happen in “Dune 3” if it receives approval

The first “Dune” movie adapted the first half of Frank Herbert’s original book, with Paul and his mother Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) taking refuge with the Fremen, the desert-dwelling indigenous people of Arrakis.

The second half of the book sees Paul and Jessica becoming part of the Fremen community and ultimately reclaiming Arrakis, driven by Paul’s supernatural abilities as the Kwisatz Haderach. “Dune” ends with Paul defeating the Emperor of the universe, Shaddam, and ascending to the throne.

TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film
TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film

However, in “Dune Messiah,” the Fremen have transformed into religious extremists, causing a catastrophic massacre of 61 billion people across the galaxy in Paul’s name. This outcome challenges the perception of Paul as a hero, highlighting the unintended consequences of his actions.

The narrative of “Dune Messiah” revolves around Paul grappling with the ramifications of his choices, his precognitive visions, and a plot to overthrow him and his family from the throne, including his younger sister Alia.

Various factions, such as the Bene Gesserit (space witches), the Tleilaxu (genetic experimenters), and the Space Guild (Spice-dependent navigators), conspire against Emperor Paul.

Paul’s complicated personal life includes a marriage of convenience with Princess Irulan (played by Florence Pugh in “Dune: Part Two”) while he maintains a true relationship with Chani (Zendaya), who becomes pregnant. Tragically, Chani dies during childbirth, leading to emotional scenes between Chalamet and Zendaya in “Dune 3.”

TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film
TimothEe Chalamet will star in Dune 3, which Denis Villeneuve wants to film

Unexpectedly, Chani gives birth to twins, who inherit some of Paul’s supernatural abilities and possess self-awareness from birth.

A pivotal moment in the story sees Paul being blinded by an atomic weapon, and he relies on his precognitive abilities for vision, akin to Marvel’s Daredevil but with the added dimension of foresight. However, Paul eventually loses his prescient powers and becomes blind, leading to a shift in his role among the Fremen.

Ultimately, Paul’s journey takes him into the desert, relinquishing his messianic status and leaving his sister Alia as the new Emperor, though the adaptation may alter these details to suit the cinematic narrative.

Regardless of the direction taken, fans hope that Villeneuve’s adaptation will continue to make this intricate sci-fi tale accessible on the big screen, given the complexity of the source material.

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