The Venice Movie Competition has succumbed to Chala-mania.
Rabid followers of Timothée Chalamet arrived in drive on the Lido, determined for an opportunity of glimpsing the younger actor as he emerged from the press convention for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.
The movie’s complete solid is on the town for the world premiere of the sci-fi epic: Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin, together with director Villeneuve got here out to advertise the Warner Bros. launch. However this crowd — primarily younger girls, although a number of older girls and some males have been amongst them — solely had eyes for Timmy.
They jostled collectively alongside the banks of the canal behind the On line casino constructing on the Lido, the place the Dune press convention was being held. No social distancing right here, although most have been masked up. With their telephones held excessive, they waited. And waited. And waited.
They weren’t disillusioned.
The second the tousled-haired star emerged from the again of the On line casino on Friday, the cry went up. “Timothée! Timothée! Timothée!!!”
It was an image of fan hysteria not seen for years in Venice, or wherever else for that matter for the reason that begin of the COVID pandemic. The one factor comparable was the insanity surrounding Woman Gaga when she touched down for the A Star Is Born premiere in Venice in 2018.
Chalamet performed to the followers, ready and smiling, with every acknowledgment sending a scream like a sonic growth throughout the group. Inside a couple of minutes, Chalamet had boarded his vaporetto, or water bus, and was gone. Simply earlier than he went under deck, he eliminated his jacket, sending one other wild scream via the group.
It was intense. And it was brief. However for the Timothée stans it was sufficient.
Warner Bros. can solely hope that fan depth will translate into packed cinemas when Dune rolls out — in Europe beginning Sept. 15 and within the U.S. in theaters and on HBO Max on Oct. 22.