Aquaman star Jason Momoa is the Most Recent to be Allegedly attached to the star-studded cast of Dune, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic sci-fi Book from Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve.
Momoa will play with Duncan Idaho, a swordsman loyal to the noble Atreides family. He joins a cast that includes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), and Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War). Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) will also be in talks.
Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter were the first to report on Momoa’s potential participation in the Dune reboot, which is slated to begin production in Budapest and Jordan this spring. Duncan Idaho has a small presence in the original Dune book, but the personality turned into such a fan favourite that Herbert attracted him back — he dies from the very first publication, spoiler alert for a 50-year-old-plus book — for following books. In fact, Idaho is the only character to include most six Dune books penned by Herbert. Idaho is a called a gifted hand-to-hand fighter, a proficient pilot, along with a handsome man with curling black hair in the books.
Chalamet is set to lead Villeneuve’s Dune as Paul Atreides, together with Ferguson and Isaac set to play his parents, Lady Jessica and Duke Leto I Atreides, respectively. Skarsgård will perform the villain figure Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, with Bautista set as his sadistic henchman Glossu Rabban. Rampling will perform Reverend Mother Mohiam, that can deduce lies and assists the ruler of the desert planet Arrakis, which is highly coveted for being the sole source of a medication called melange — usually known as”the spice” in the book — that the most valuable substance in Dune’s fictional world. Bardem will play with Stilgar, the leader of a Fremen tribe, while Brolin was cast as Gurney Halleck. Zendaya is being eyed as Chani, the love interest of Paul.
Momoa became known to audiences as Khal Drogo on the first period of Game of Thrones in 2011. He’s now best known for playing the titular character in Aquaman — which is currently the highest-grossing DC picture of all time — a role he previously donned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. He is now filming Apple’s”epic, world-building play” View — by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight — at which he’ll play with the lead character of Baba Voss, a warrior leader at a future where humanity has lost the sense of sight and has had to adapt to survive.