Cameras are still rolling on Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part 2 in Abu Dhabi, and star Zendaya has taken to Instagram to share a new photo from in and around the set.
The Euphoria actress is clearly not in-costume as her character, Chani, but the shot does a great job of highlighting the vastness of the desert that will once again double for the barren, spice-producing planet known as Arrakis.
Zendaya didn't really have a lot to do in Part 1 (she basically only appeared in the opening and closing sequences), but it has been confirmed that Chani will have a much bigger part to play in the sequel, as her people, The Fremen, join Paul Atreides on his "crusade" to rid Arrakis of its ruthless Harkonnen occupiers.
"She’s bringing exactly what she brought to the first one — which was incredible — but in greater abundance," Timothee Chalamet said of his co-star during a recent interview with Variety. "And she’s really become a sister. I’m so grateful to count her as a partner and a sister and a friend.”
Check out Zendaya's photo below, along with Mondo's stunning Part 1 poster.
Dune: Part 2's new cast additions include Austin Butler as Feyd Rautha, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, the legendary Christopher Walken as The Emperor, and Lea Seydoux as Lady Margot Fenring. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, and Dave Bautista will reprise their roles from the first film.
The synopsis reads: “Part Two will focus on Paul assembling a massive army of Fremen to combat the ruthless Harkonnen, as he essentially becomes a mythical messiah figure to the inhabitants of Arrakis.”
Dune: Part Two was recently pushed back from October 20, 2023 to November 17, 2023.