From Sea Horses to Sand Worms: Jason Momoa Is in Talks for Dune

Another blockbuster piece of casting for Jason Momoa.
Another blockbuster piece of casting for Jason Momoa.
Photo: Warner Bros.

In Jason Momoa’s last movie, he jumped out of a plane over Africa, while a Pitbull cover of Toto’s “Africa” played on the soundtrack, landing in the vast dunes of a sprawling desert. For his next film, he’s once again landed in Dune.


Deadline reports that Aquaman himself is in negotiations to join Thanos, Drax, Mary Jane, and several other comic book movie actors in the Denis Villeneuve remake of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Momoa would play Duncan Idaho, a fearsome warrior who fights alongside the Attrides family. He joins an impressive cast that includes, so far, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and maybe even Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.


Dune does not yet have a release date, but 2021 seems likely.

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Adam Whitehead

I’ve been impressed so far, but this feels a bit off. I always got the feeling of Duncan as being much more of a regular guy who just happens to be an awesome swordsman and, er, really good at getting cloned. A lot.

It feels like Oscar Isaac should have been Duncan Idaho and Momoa could have maybe been the Beast Rabban (although I don’t want to lose Bautista).

Momoa could be a good variation of the character, but I feel the only role he’d be less suited for would be the Shadout Mapes.