Rebecca Ferguson On Her “Dune” Role Strength

Rebecca Ferguson On Her Dune Role Strength

One of next year’s most highly anticipated films amongst sci-fi nerds has to be celebrated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s first of a proposed two-film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel “Dune” at Legendary Pictures.

Villeneuve has assembled a stellar cast for the project including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.

Ferguson has been doing press for “Doctor Sleep” this week and asked the actress about her role as Lady Jessica in “Dune”.

In the story, Lady Jessica is effectively a co-leading role and a complicated character – she’s Paul Atreides’ mother, a former concubine turned wife of Duke Leto (Isaac), and one of the most gifted of the Bene Gesserit order. Asked specifically if we get her perspective equally, like in the book, Ferguson responded:

“[This] completely and utterly honors the strength of Jessica – the Bene Gesserit that she is, even though she is a concubine and her rights are not as high as the King or what her son becomes. Denis was very much aligned with creating empowerment and powerful moments for her where they were needed. I think Frank Herbert… when he wrote it he didn’t really live in an understandably equal environment. And the book is great! It has beautiful moments in it. It’s not really where we are or where we should be.”

“Dune” will be released in theaters on December 18th 2020.