Is Dr. Liet-Kynes…

Chani’s mother?

Kynes is introduced and essentially killed before

Chani even sets foot on screen.

With Kynes’ story over, it seems there’s no point in the film adaptation to make the connection; although admittedly this might still get picked up in future.

The paring down of

Chani’s secret origin, as well as fact she is not of pure Fremen descent (as Kynes was only half-Fremen), seems like lost opportunity. But that’s neither here nor there.

Did I miss something: In Dune, Pt. 1, is there anything that establishes Dr. Kynes’ as her parent as the book does?

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    I don't recall her parentage being that important to the story, if at all other than a minor surprise and that's it (just recently re-read / listened to the audio book). Kynes's heritage was even only mildly something of interest, almost a sidebar to how an outsider had 'gone native' (that's a quote from the book re: Kynes), and was addressed more in the appendix than anything else really and even the appendix entry isn't about Liet. There is a FAR more interesting parental spoiler in the book
    – NKCampbell
    Oct 25 '21 at 21:53
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    I'm my opinion the 1984 and 2000 adaptions didn't do much with the relationship either - honestly the majority of my life I thought she was Stilgar's kid. I kind of assume the intersections of those 2 adaptions are what is novel accurate. Considering how shockingly shallow the 2021 script is I don't think it has done much with ANY relationships. It's quite shocking how much flak Lynch got over not including some minor detail when 2021 pretty much just skips all of the nuance for pretty set design. Oct 25 '21 at 23:06
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    Its been awhile since I read it, but in the book was it even known by the point part 1 ends? I thought it was revealed a little later. Oct 25 '21 at 23:40
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    @suchiuomizu I guess not quite technically in the novel. Kynes dies in Book 2, Ch. 8 and Chani reveal is in Book 2, Ch. 9. Bk. 2, Ch. 7 is where Paul survives the sandworm only to see the Fremen; they have not actually entered Sietch Tabr yet. They reach the Sietch by end of Bk. 2, Ch.10, nearly two chapters after Chani’s reveal. But I guess it’s close enough to map differently in a film adaptation’s narrative in any case. Oct 26 '21 at 3:21
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    lol - agree w/ the Stilgar thing @lucasbachmann - and I've read the book every few years and every time when that reveal happens I always think "oh yeah - I thought she was Stilgar's" lol
    – NKCampbell
    Oct 26 '21 at 14:21

Yes. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Villeneuve confirmed that Chani's mother is Liet Kynes.

One of the major differences between this Dune and previous versions of the story is switching Liet-Kynes' gender from male to female. One thing's the same, though: Chani is still her daughter.

Dune director Denis Villeneuve breaks down film's eye-popping first trailer

Interestingly, they don't back this up with a direct quote, but I think we can assume they wouldn't have been so certain without having confirmed it with him.

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    I was wondering if they had switched her to Chani's great aunt (even if the age probably didn't fit) just because of Chani's line saying she got the Crysknife she gave Paul from her. Oct 25 '21 at 23:14

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