Rebecca Ferguson: Dune is not science fiction | Partner content: arts, films and television

Rebecca Ferguson does not consider “Dune” to be a science fiction film.

The 38-year-old actress stars as Jessica in the long-awaited blockbuster, and she admitted that part of her appeal was that her “supernatural” elements always struck a chord with real-world events.

She told the new issue of Radio Times magazine: “I didn’t see it as a sci-fi movie… I think that’s why I love it.

“I like the spice [a drug in the film] and supernatural entities – sandworms, superpowers – resonate with other things that we can compare to society today.

“For example, you can compare sandworms to certain political parties and programs, take them wherever you want.

“I think that’s what I fell in love with. It’s the character dramas, it’s the emotion inside. You have this scope, this scale, this set, the environment, the space. There is so much at stake.

Rebecca admitted filming the desert footage was difficult as they only had a limited window for filming due to the extreme heat of the day.

She said: “We could only film between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Abu Dhabi because it was almost 50 degrees in the desert.”

But their surroundings had a humiliating effect on the cast.

She added, “I think we all had this feeling of how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. You’re in a desert that’s going to kill you. You can’t fight this, you can’t. win against it, you can’t reinforce it, you just have to adapt to it.

“And as a human being, I love to adapt to things that I can’t control.”

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