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Zendaya has been absolutely nailing her red carpet looks for the Dune press tour, showing up at each and every event looking simply the best, better than all the rest. But now that the movie is out in theaters and on HBO Max, fans are struggling to understand why she's only on screen for about 7 minutes total in a movie that's almost three hours.
Now see, all the Dune fans coming out like “well if you had read the book you’d know her character isn’t....” I DON’T WANT TO READ THE BOOK I WANT TO SEE ZENDAYA WHAT’S NOT CLICKING STEVEN
— Lane (@lanewriteswords) October 22, 2021
The credits were longer than Zendaya’s camera time in Dune
— mac (@MacDoesIt) October 24, 2021
WHAT DO YOU MEAN ZENDAYA IS ONLY IN DUNE FOR SEVEN MINUTES pic.twitter.com/NHH0es6JFm
— anna says abortion is healthcare (@GrahSeeYa) October 22, 2021
so zendaya is only in dune (2021) for seven minutes— pic.twitter.com/ioRCiVDXzz
— layla noor ♡ is revising (@thelaylanoor) October 22, 2021
Dune really played us by acting like Zendaya was a lead when she had 3 minutes of screen time
— hot girl: Summer🔮 (@summersaturated) October 24, 2021
the new Dune tv spot was 90% Zendaya 😭 they are baiting everyone so hard
— not j*ss but spooky! (@itsnotjess123) October 17, 2021
dune was a scam. why zendaya only got 5 min screen time
— Mohd (@alalawi7_) October 21, 2021
Though honestly, she did more in seven minutes than some people do in an entire movie, so:
one thing about zendaya, she owns her 7 minutes of screentime in dune! pic.twitter.com/fUWTUx1Ilt
— kayley ASAYEL DAY (@mygirldaya) October 24, 2021
For everyone who wants to see more of Zendaya (so, everyone), apparently this is merely Dune “Part One.” The movie is expected to have a sequel where Zendaya's character will play a much bigger role.
Press tours that imply Zendaya is a lead of the film even though she won’t actually play a major role until the sequel
— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) October 24, 2021
Dune better get a sequel the way Zendaya has been put to work for the promo 😭
— not j*ss but spooky! (@itsnotjess123) October 23, 2021
Director Denis Villeuneve confirmed that Zendaya will be the "protagonist" in the second film during an interview with Il Venerdì di Repubblica, via Collider, saying "I can't wait to shoot the second part of Dune to get [Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya] back together. Knowing that in the next chapter Zendaya will be the protagonist of the story."
While a second film hasn't been formally announced, Denis told The Los Angeles Times (via People) "There are some characters that are less developed that I'm keeping for the second film — that's the way I found the equilibrium. We tried in this movie to stay as close as possible to Paul's experience. Then, in the second one, I will have time to develop some characters that were left aside a little bit. That's the theory. I hope it will work."
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