The anticipation for the next installment of Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune is reaching a fever pitch, with fans eagerly awaiting the release of “Dune: Part Two.” Among the star-studded ensemble cast is Florence Pugh, who joins the Dune universe as Princess Irulan, bringing her talent and charisma to the iconic role. In an exclusive interview, Florence Pugh opened up about her thrilling experience working on “Dune: Part Two” and the excitement of joining such a prestigious project. Pugh expressed her admiration for the grandeur of the Dune universe and the opportunity to collaborate with visionary director Denis Villeneuve. Reflecting on her introduction to the world of Dune, Pugh described it as one of the most exhilarating experiences of her career.

Florence Pugh recently at the premier of ‘Dune: Part Two’

“It was quite possibly the most thrilling welcome to a world I think I have ever experienced, and probably ever will experience,” she said. “I’d always wondered if they’d ever make those huge epics again, and then ‘Dune’ came out and it truly was an epic. Joining it has been huge, and being able to walk onto the sets and being able to be a part of Denis Villeneuve’s imagination is quite an experience.” Despite the scale of the production, Pugh approached her role with humility and enthusiasm, emphasizing her eagerness to be a part of such a monumental film. “If Denis told me I could be Spear Carrier #3, I’d have said yes, just to experience the entire beast of this movie,” she remarked. “Joining the cast as epic as this is always something that you want to get involved with.”

Pugh also shared details about her unforgettable first days on set, which took place in Italy,

My first three days of shooting were in June in Italy. I had three days with Léa Seydoux and Charlotte Rampling, and it was just the most unbelievable three days ever. It was a completely stress-free set, just acting, all day, all night, for three days with these two mega-women that I have looked up to for such a long time, and they truly are, like, crème de la crème of the women actors. One of my peaks of my career is being with them for those three days. And then I got to hang out with Christopher Walken for two weeks! I had to keep on reminding myself that this is not normal, and I shouldn’t get used to it!

As “Dune: Part Two” gears up for its highly anticipated release, Florence Pugh’s insights offer a glimpse into the magic behind the scenes and the camaraderie shared among the cast and crew. “Dune: Part Two” is set to hit theaters in English and Hindi on March 1, 2024, with an exclusive early release in IMAX Cinemas on February 29.