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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.


  • "My planet Arrakis is so beautiful when the sun is low. Rolling over the sands. You can see spice in the air. At nightfall, the spice harvesters land. The outsiders race against time to avoid the heat of the day. They ravage our land in front of our eyes. Their cruelty to my people is all I've known. These outsiders, the Harkonnens, came long before I was born. By controlling spice production, they became obscenely rich. Richer than the Emperor himself. Our warriors couldn't free Arrakis from the Harkonnens. But one day, by Imperial decree, they were gone. Why did the Emperor choose this path? And who will our next oppressors be?"
  • "They say you're the Mahdi. But you look like a little boy."
  • "I don't believe you're the Lisan al-Gaib. But I want you to die with honor. This crysknife was given to me by my great-aunt. Its made from a tooth of Shai Hulud, the great sandworm. This will be a great honor for you to die holding it. Jamis is a good fighter. He won't let you suffer."


Promotional images[]


Characters from Dune: Part One and Dune: Part Two