Rebecca Ferguson says Dune 2 is 'better than the first'

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26 Apr 2023, 11:49

Rebecca Ferguson at a special screening of Silo.

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Rebecca Ferguson has spoken about the much-anticipated Dune sequel, which is set to land later this year. 

The actor played Lady Jessica in the 2021 movie, and is set to reprise her role in Dune: Part 2, which arrives in cinemas in November.

“It's amazing,” she said. “I haven't seen the final product, so they could have really messed it up. You know, I have no power,” she joked.

“From seeing the sets and reading the scripts and being there and seeing the cast, I think it's going to be better than the first one, and I love the first one,” she added.

Dune: Part 2 will also feature Austin Butler, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Zendaya, Christopher Walken, Stellan Skarsgård, Léa Seydoux and more.

Ferguson was speaking to and other press at a special screening of new Apple TV+ series Silo on Tuesday (25th April), in which she stars alongside Shawshank Redemption legend Tim Robbins

Based on Hugh Howey’s best-selling trilogy, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic near future in which men and women live in a giant silo underground. From the screening at Battersea Power Station, she told us: “I think there's always an appetite for post-apocalyptic sci-fi genres, because they are timeless and because they are an endless bucket of ideas and inspiration. There are no frames, there's nothing that tells you you can't do anything. That's freedom. And that's why I'm drawn to it.” 

On playing engineer Juliette in Silo, the actor said: “She's a woman who is completely riddled with anxiety, she is riddled with trauma. She has absolutely no idea how to handle human beings. 

“The world is wonderful when it's closed in, and then all of a sudden, she's taken out of her safety net, put in another environment that she has to deal with human beings."

Describing it as “chaos from the beginning” she said, “I love it”.

Speaking about the roles she has played across her career, the Swedish actor said: “I get put into this narrative of being the sci-fi queen, or whatever people want to say, but to be honest, I just liked the stories because the characters are allowed to do so much. The women that I play, they get to do so much and carry so much weight. And I think it's so important. We need it. We need that. I want my girl, when she grows up, to see all of these women. And the narratives of women back in the day, they're not really empowering. We need to tell those as well.”

We also caught up with Tim Robbins at the Silo screening. Here's what he had to say.

Silo premieres on 5th May on Apple TV+.