Though she was only in the film for seven minutes of the two-and-a-half hour runtime (via the Los Angeles Times), “Dune” is one of the best projects on Zendaya’s resume. Based on the 1965 book of the same name by Frank Herbert, “Dune” is a sci-fi movie that features interplanetary travel to ensure the survival of an entire group of people. Despite the run time, the adaptation wasn’t able to include all the events of the book, making it the first movie of a franchise.
Zendaya is Chani, a woman that appears in Paul’s (Timothée Chalamet) visions. She is a Fremen, a group of people that live on Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only source of the spice. Paul’s visions show a future that involves war across the universe. He eventually runs into her in person and joins her tribe. Paul is also a Fremen, but is considered a member of the House Atreides. His father Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) is the ruler of Caladan, an ocean planet.
“Dune” earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best visual effects, ultimately winning six Oscars. These wins included best visual effects, best production design, and best original score. The score Oscar marks only the second win for Hans Zimmer, despite being nominated a dozen times. In addition to the numerous awards, the critic consensus is that “Dune” is a “visually thrilling adaptation” (via Rotten Tomatoes).