Aquaman star Jason Momoa is reportedly in talks to join Legendary’s upcoming Dune film from director Denis Villeneuve.
Variety reports Jason Momoa will play Duncan Idaho. In Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi book, Idaho is Duke Leto Atreides most trusted advisor and his swordmaster. He is an extremely skilled hand-to-hand fighter as well as top-notch pilot.
Momoa will follow in the footsteps of actor Richard Jordan who portrayed Idaho in David Lynch’s 1984 film. The character was also portrayed by Edward Atterton in the Sci-Fi miniseries.
Momoa will join a star-studded cast which will include Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Rebecca, Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Oscar Issac, Zendaya, and Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides.
Dune follows Paul Atreides as his family is appointed control of the desert planet Arrakis. Arrakis is the only planet that produces the coveted spice melange that allows for space travel. However, the Atreides are betrayed by House Corrino, and Paul Atreides finds he and his family struggling to survive. In order to survive, Paul Atreides fulfills an ancient prophecy and leads a rebellion that will change the galaxy. The original story explored a number of topics including politics, palace intrigue, religion, the nature of man, and philosophy.
Not only will Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve be directing Dune, but he will also be co-writing the film with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert, who also penned a number of novels in the Dune world will produce the film alongside Villeneuve, Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert. Kevin J. Anderson is acting as a creative consultant.
What do you make of Jason Momoa going from the depths of the ocean to a planet that struggles to produce water? Are you excited about the Dune cast?