While speaking with Ellen DeGeneres, Dune actor Jason Momoa briefly spoke about his character Duncan Idaho comparing him to Han Solo. This isn’t terribly shocking given that George Lucas’ Star Wars films took a lot from the Frank Herbert novels and seeing multiple parallels is just going to be unavoidable.
Jason also mentioned that Dune’s production is the biggest he’s been apart of which certainly would downplay his other projects such as Game of Thrones, Justice League, and Aquaman.
MOMOA: “We got to shoot in Wadi Rum. I’ve never seen anything like it, it was like shooting on another planet. Denis Villeneuve is shooting it, who made Sicario and Arrival. It was an honor to do that with him, and it’s a pretty stellar cast, I’ve never been a part of something so big.”
“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. 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 and serves Oscar Isaac.”
You can watch that exchange below.
DUNE – 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.
Duncan is barely in the original Dune from director David Lynch but there is an expectation we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
Dune has been set for release on December 18th, but it remains to be seen if the studio will stick to that date as we’ve seen the studio playing musical chairs with multiple release dates as the shifting climate with the COVID-19 pandemic.