Fresh off the success of Aquaman, Jason Momoa is in talks to join the cast of Dune. According to Variety, Momoa is in negotiations to play Atreides swordman Duncan Idaho. Denis Villeneuve is directing the reboot with an A-list cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Rampling.
Based on the novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is the story of a fallen noble house and the rise of a religious figure who leads a rebellion against the Emperor and his cohorts. Duncan Idaho is a skilled pilot, swordsman and loyal friend to both Duke Leto and Paul Atreides (Chalamet). The book describes Duncan as an attractive man with curly black hair and a fierce warrior. That definitely sounds like Momoa.
In addition to directing, Villeneuve will produce with Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts co-wrote the script with Villeneuve.
Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin are also in talks to join the cast. Isaac is in talks to play Duke Leto Atreides and Bardem could play Fremen leader Stilgar. In my opinion, Momoa is a great addition to the cast, but I think he would make a better Stilgar. Bardem would be a great Duke and Isaac would be better as Idaho. But I’m sure whichever role each of these actors assumes will be amazing onscreen.
Villeneuve’s Dune will begin filming later this spring in Budapest and Jordan.