While speaking with Collider, both Timothée Chalamet and his co-star Zendaya were asked what they’d be excited to see in a potential sequel, both for their characters and for the world of “Dune” in general.
“Don’t lose the humanity,” was Chalamet’s opening salvo, when talking about the potential for a second movie. “I think there was a temptation in understanding these archetypal, hero-like characters to be curious about the Mahdi or the Muad’Dib or coming into that power were, what the effect would be on Paul.” If those terms sound are unfamiliar to you, the long and short of it is that there’s some prophecies among a group called the Fremen which suggest there will be a messianic figure called the Mahdi, prophecies that start pointing towards Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides.
Basically, Chalamet is saying that he doesn’t want the films to get too bogged down by all the minutia within the substantial “Dune” mythos, as they hopefully get the chance to explore Herbert’s world further in upcoming sequels.
“Dune” is in theaters and streaming on HBO Max beginning October 22.