Jason Momoa will become a singular figure in the Dune universe.
Deadline reports the actor will play Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s production of Dune. Based on the novel by Frank Herbert, the film will tell the tale of a far flung future in which humanity is caught in a grip of a strict economic and feudal combine. All of the spacefaring peoples need one substance to maintain their way of life: the spice melange. It is only available on Arrakis, a planet also occasionally known as Dune.
Momoa’s Idaho is another teacher to Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), the ducal heir to House Atreides and the key to a monumental change in the universe when his house is awarded a contract to mine the Spice on Arrakis. Idaho goes along to the Duneworld first to begin a possible treaty with its native population, the Fremen, but his greatest contributions come after his death when his ghola is resurrected time and again to deal with the fallout from Paul choices over the next several thousand years.
The character was played by Richard Jordan in the David Lynch version of Dune.
Other cast members include Oscar Issac as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s mother and Leto’s royal concubine, Javier Bardem as the Fremen leader Stilgar, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen — the principle antagonist — Dave Bautista as the Baron’s cruel nephew Rabban, Josh Brolin Gurney Halleck, another of Paul’s teachers, Charlotte Rampling as the Reverend Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam, head of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, and Zendaya as Chani, a Fremen warrior who become quite close to Paul.
Dune is not yet scheduled for release.