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The anticipation surrounding Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” continues to grow, especially after its Canadian premiere on TIFF.
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Speaking with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, the esteemed director reveals why he is so “at peace” with the film and why he hopes to share it with the world.
“Frankly, it’s like a fantastic novel, the novel is a masterpiece,” he gushes. “It was an incredible privilege to have the opportunity to try to bring it to the big screen. I’m proud of the movie. “
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The film adaptation of Frank Hebert’s sci-fi novel also features an all-star cast, including Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Rebecca Ferguson.
“On the first day of shooting, all of a sudden the character appears in front of a camera,” he says as he sees Ferguson transform into Lady Jessica. “It is always a great pleasure and a delicate moment when you see that come to life, it is always very moving.”
“She had a huge challenge on our shoulders because the character is multi-layered, but it was really a pleasure and a privilege to work with her. I mean, she’s a tremendous, great artist, ”adds Villeneuve.
Another person who loved the role of Ferguson in “Dune” was his teenage son.
“He just loved the movie. He doesn’t know anything about the movie, “Ferguson tells us.” He’s 14 years old. I asked for a second screening. It was such an immensely cool feeling to see him. And he was sitting there watching me the whole time. “
Although the 37-year-old assured Patel that she doesn’t always look for “tough roles” in movies, she does accept them.
“I think also the reason why we love Jessica is the fact that I have to take advantage of the enormous vulnerability, enormous fear and the fact that she is despite being an incredibly powerful woman,” he adds about his character.
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The French-Canadian director also had kind words to say about Chalamet, who plays Paul Atreides, the son of a remarkable family tasked with protecting the galaxy’s most vital element, in the film.
“He is a kind of exorcist in front of the camera where you feel that there is a force behind him that suddenly comes to the surface. He was dancing behind the camera. I think tears came to my eyes, ”he says of the 25-year-old’s performance.
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Although “Dune” won’t hit theaters until October. 22, a sequel is already in the works.
“The point is, those movies always require a certain amount of preparation. Let’s say that in a perfect world, we could be ready to shoot in 2022, ”shared Villeneuve.