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Chani Kynes is a character in the 2021 film Dune. She is a member of the Fremen of Arrakis and she becomes close with Paul. Chani is portrayed by Zendaya.

Character description[]

Chani was born on Dune, raised in the ways of its free people the Fremen, and shaped by its wilds to be a confident and dangerous warrior. A relentless defender of the people she loves, she will rise defiant against any outsider seeking to endanger the natural beauty of her world.[1]


Paul's visions[]

Chani is absent for most of the Atreides' move to Arrakis, appearing only in visions Paul has when he dreams. She does, however, narrate the most of the story, explaining the Harkonnen's rule over Arrakis and their sudden departure, which leads the way for the upcoming massacre of House Atreides.

After the majority of House Atreides is assassinated, Chani appears as a member of the Fremen tribe under Stilgar when Jessica and Paul escape into the desert. She welcomes Paul into their tribe, but seems blissfully unaware that the two share a connection.

Physical appearance[]

Chani is young biracial woman with blue-within-blue eyes. She wears a stillsuit.


Differences from the original character[]

Chani Kynes is adapted from the character of the same name from the original Dune novel. In the books, Chani's father is Liet Kynes; since Liet is portrayed by a woman in the film, she will presumably be Chani's mother instead.




Characters from Dune (2021)