Twinning: Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet wear matching jumpsuits by Korean designer to promote 'Dune: Part Two' in Seoul


Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet pose during a press conference for the film 'Dune: Part Two' in Seoul on Feb 21, 2024. Photo: AFP

Timothee Chalamet said he is thankful for Korean fans of the Dune series during a press conference held to promote his new film, Dune: Part Two, in Seoul on Wednesday. Chalamet, director Denis Villeneuve and other cast members including Zendaya, Austin Butler and Stellan Skarsgard were present at the event.

Pronouncing the term in Korean carefully, “Dune-chin-ja" - short for "Dune-e-michin-ja" or one who‘s crazy for Dune in Korean - which he heard for the first time during this visit, he expressed his gratitude for the warm reception to the film’s first instalment here. The term ”Dune-chin-ja" emerged after the release of the first part of the film in 2021, showing its popularity among Korean fans.

“It’s just so cool, as an American, to see the rich cinematic history here and be here,” Chalamet told reporters, donning a pale blue jumpsuit by Korean designer Juun.j.

“It’s wonderful to support designers here and thank you to Juun.j for an opportunity to wear it,” he said. Zendaya, who also wore a pastel pink jumpsuit matching Chalamet’s, added, “Hope we look OK.”

Dune: Part Two, the sequel to Dune (2021), follows the story of Paul Atreides, played by Chalamet, a young aristocrat who unites with the Fremen tribe to seek revenge against those who destroyed his family. The films are examples of director Villeneuve's extended and in-depth world-building based on Frank Herbert's original novel of the same title.

Chalamet said he read the book and what excited him the most was that Paul Atreides was the moral center of the story but also goes through various personal trials involving love, death and destruction.

Elvis star Austin Butler, who portrays Feyd-Rautha, an evil nephew of Baron Harkonnen and an antagonist of Paul in Dune: Part Two, said he and Chalamet worked on training many months before the shooting began in Budapest.

“My preparation started with a conversation with director Villeneuve and as soon as we started reading (the script), we immediately started training as action scenes were the backbone of the character,” Butler told reporters. It is his first mainstream role following the success of Elvis.

Director Villeneuve said he wanted Dune: Part Two to portray the story of a young man.

“It’s the story of a young man who tries to find his genetic heritage and finally finds freedom. The second instalment shows him struggling with big questions. The idea of a young man falling in love with another culture and finding a home in another culture really struck me and moved me as a filmmaker. Dune: Part Two is a much more muscular movie in terms of action. That was, by far, the most challenging thing,” he told reporters.

Zendaya, who was visiting Korea for the first time, said she felt the reception of the fans was heartwarming. She plays Chani, who forms a romantic relationship with Paul.

“I still have to finish reading beautiful letters, and those mean a lot to me. I never had that kind of generous welcome anywhere else – not even my mum’s house. I absolutely love it here. I wish I could stay here longer,” said Zendaya. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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