Right now, if you think of Jason Momoa, you probably think of him bearded and holding a trident as Aquaman. But when the first round of photos from Denis Villeneuve’s Dunehit in April 2020, one thing the internet could not stop talking about was an unbearded Jason Momoa. Perhaps it’s time to get used to a clean-shaven Jason Momoa. Because after Dune 2020, you may only be thinking of him as Duncan Idaho. Spoilers for Frank Herbert’s Dune books ahead.
In the first Dune novel by Frank Herbert, Duncan is totally the biggest badass in House Atreides. He’s an expert swordsman and — depending on how the new film approaches the character — he might have a scene to rival that moment when Boromir (Sean Bean) gets hit with all those arrows in Fellowship of the Ring. Let’s just say Duncan can and will fight people to the death, and in a situation like that, he’s going to take out a lot of his enemies.
In recent interviews, Momoa likens Duncan to Han Solo, which isn’t a perfect analogy, and the combination of sexiness and badassery are only part of why Duncan might steal the show in Dune. The other part is the simple fact that Duncan is the only character in the first Dune novel that appears in the subsequent installments. This is why Momoa is kind of the Obi-Wan here, in the sense that his presence exists past the first Dune in a way that elevates the character beyond just being the “Han Solo.”