Zendaya discusses challengers’ first villain role

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Zendaya, who starred in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Dune, was delighted to portray a villain in Challengers for the first time. Prior to the actors’ strike, Zendaya and Josh O’Connor talked about their provocative parts in the forthcoming sports comedy-drama from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino in an interview. Zendaya’s portrayal as O’Connor’s ex, who calls the pair “terrible” and “horrific,” is a significant difference from MJ in the Spider-Man series. But you know what was so fun? All of the characters have a villainous feel to them, which I detest to admit. That was enjoyable, too,” she said.

In the movie Challengers, Zendaya plays a former tennis player turned coach who makes her husband, Mike Faist, a champion of the globe. But when her husband has a losing run, she enters him into a “Challenger” competition where he would face O’Connor. While describing her position as a villain, Zendaya also makes hints about how the narrative would switch points of view frequently to have the audience wonder about each character’s motivations. She remarked, “I’ve just liked the discussions after the fact—Team Tash, Team Art, Team Pat. “Who is the villain? Who is the righteous one? And every time, it alters. You may return and view them in a new light, which is, in my opinion, the whole objective of what we do. It should help to make people more human. We should allow individuals to see various sides of themselves or the people they love in that way since they are untidy and make poor judgements (or hard ones), in my opinion.

Challengers is not Zendaya’s first appearance in a grim tale. The former Disney child star received praise for her two-season turn as the adolescent drug addict Rue on HBO’s Euphoria. According to the show’s creator Sam Levinson, work on a third season of Euphoria is still in its early stages. Additionally, owing to the ongoing strike, Dune: Part Two has been postponed until 2024. Zendaya will reprise her extended role as Chani in that film. Zendaya’s future in the MCU is uncertain at this time, as Spider-Man 4 production has been put on hold due to the strike. But although their connection with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) ended in a sad way at the end of No Way Home, the character is probably going to make a comeback.

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