It was only yesterday that we were again praising the ridiculous cast that Denis Villeneuve’s assembling for his upcoming take on Frank Herbert’s Dune, and now comes word on another huge name that could be joining the action.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Momoa is now in talks to play Duncan Idaho in the picture. That character is a master swordsman closely tied to the Atriedes family that are at the centre of the story.
For Dune, Momoa would join a cast that includes Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s mother Lady Jessica, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as the sadistic nephew of Skarsgard’s Baron Harkonnen. Elsewhere, Oscar Isaac is currently in talks to play Duke Leto Atreide, the father of Paul, and Zendaya is in talks to play Chani, the love interest of Chalamet’s character.
Dune began life back in 1965, with Frank Herbert’s original novel tying for the 1966 Hugo Award and then winning the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, the story centres on Paul Atreides as his family takes control of the desert planet known as Arrakis. With valuable resources key to the tale, what unravels is a plot that’s full of politics, betrayal, and man’s relationship with nature. A Kyle MacLachlan-starring, David Lynch-helmed movie followed in 1984, which went on to become a cult classic, and then Syfy developed a Dune TV series in 2000. As for written works, Herbert penned five sequels himself before Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert expanded that written world even further.
At this stage, Villeneuve’s Dune has yet to be given a release date.