Our good friends over at OmegaUnderground have posted what appears to be a character breakdown for the second female lead of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot at Legendary Pictures. Chani is a one of the Fremen that Paul and Lady Jessica Atreides encounter on Arrakis, Paul eventually falling in love with her.

CHANI: A young woman (18-23) from the Fremen on Arrakis (Dune) who will have an immediate emotional connection with Paul, the lead character (Chalamet). The studio is searching for actresses of Middle Eastern, African, or Latin descent.

Dune is being written by screenwriter Eric Roth and based on the fantastic novel by Frank Herbert. Set on the planet Arrakis, we find ourselves exploring the story of two warring galactic royal families House Atreides and House Harkonnen. When Duke Leto Atreides is been assassinated, his son Paul and wife Lady Jessica flee only to be adopted by the Fremen, becomes Paul’s personal army against the Harkonnen as he develops powers from the spice, a substance that extends life and powers interstellar travel. A tangled web of royal intrigue is revealed with the Emperor and other cosmic powers pulling the strings while attempting to erase house Atreides.

What’s interesting is that actress Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road) has been vocal about joining the film and the role of Chani is seemingly perfect for her, given they’re obviously seeking women of color for the part. There is a good chance she might end up being in the mix at some point. Then again, they might be skewing the role for a younger actress and Zoe might end up in the role of the Emperor’s daughter.

Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson have been previously reported by the trades for the roles of Paul and Lady Jessica.

Filming is set to begin sometime this March in Budapest, Hungary.


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