One of the most highly anticipated films of 2020 is the upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune from director Denis Villeneuve, and star Jason Momoa has offered some details on his character.
In a recent video interview on The Ellen Show, Momoa teased details on Duncan Idaho, his roguish warrior character that feels like the “Han Solo-esque” role of the group.
“I get to play this character Duncan Idaho, who’s kind of a master swordsman who’s made the right-hand man to Duke Leto who is Oscar Isaac,” the actor explained. “He’s the first person to be sent out to land on Dune and that’s when I meet the character that Javier Bardem plays. I can’t believe I had a scene with Javier Bardem! It’s a pretty massive film and I get to be this little — he’s kind of the Han Solo-esque of the group. He’s this rogue warrior who protects Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides) and serves Oscar Isaac.”
Momoa continued to praise director Denis Villeneuve and the stellar cast.
“We got to shoot in Wadi Rum. I’ve never seen anything like it, it was like shooting on another planet,” Momoa said. “Denis Villeneuve is shooting it, who made Sicario and Arrival. It was an honour to do that with him, and it’s a pretty stellar cast, I’ve never been a part of something so big.”
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A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and sees Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) leading the cast alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Dave Bautista (Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Javier Bardem (Loving Pablo), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), and Chang Chen (The Assassin).
Dune is currently set to release in theatres on December 18th 2020.