Last we saw Jason Momoa he was deep below the waves, wrestling with monsters in Aquaman. Now it seems we may see him in the desert wastelands of Arrakis, in the latest adaptation of the sci-fi classic Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Momoa, who commands a bevy of fangirls and fanboys, is touted to be taking on the role of Duncan Idaho.
Idaho is a swordmaster in the service of House Atreides, and one of Duke Leto’s right-hand men. The Dune wiki describes Idaho as having “black, curly hair, a dark complexion, and green or blue eyes… he was regarded as something of a ladies’ man”. Sounds like great casting to us!
The casting sheet for the film already has some fantastic names attached, with Timothee Chalamet cast as Paul Atreides, the central character in the film. It will also star Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. There are rumours that Zendaya and Oscar Isaac are also in talks to join the mammoth cast.
The film is set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve, with a screenplay by Eric Roth, Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts.
Dune tells the story of the fallen family of Atreides. Set in the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. When the protector of the planet Leo Atreides is killed it falls to his son to avenge his death and protect the spice from those who would use it for their own nefarious ends.
This is not the first adaptation of the cult classic novel. In 1984, David Lynch directed a version, starring Kyle MacLachlan and Sting. It was an epic commercial failure. The film is currently in pre-production and shooting will commence in Budapest and Jordan in the Northern Spring.
Dune is set for release in November of 2020.