It’s starting to look like the whole of Hollywood is desperate to join Legendary’s upcoming adaptation of Dune. The most recent casting news is that Aquaman star Jason Momoa has boarded the film.
He joins a cast made up of Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Beautiful Boy) as Paul Atreides, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina) as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson (The Greatest Showman, The Girl On The Train) as Lady Jessica, Zendaya (The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Paul’s love interest Chani, Javier Bardem (No Country For OldMen, Skyfall) as Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Baron Harkonnen and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049) as Baron Harkonnen’s brutish nephew.
Momoa will play Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides who is the right-hand man to Duke Leto Atreides.
Denis Villeneuve is directing, and writing the script alongside Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
The Dune reboot is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name, and follows the 1984 film adaptation, which was directed by David Lynch and starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s the novel’s Amazon synopsis:
The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery, and it duly comes – but from a shockingly unexpected place.
Then Paul succeeds his father, and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force…
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