Jason Momoa is no stranger to popular franchises/properties, from his time as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones to playing Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe. As of last month, the actor can now finally be seen as Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which roughly adapts the first half of Frank Herbert’s original novel. Naturally Momoa’s primary job was to act out the scenes laid out to him by the script and anything extra Villeneuve wanted to capture on camera, but there was one scene Momoa improvised himself that made it unto Dune’s final cut.
While being interviewed by EW, Jason Momoa shared how Denis Villeneuve showed him the 80-page “playbook” he’d put together for Dune, which included drawings of scenes that made it into the movie. Later down the line, after being outfitted in his Duncan Idaho costume, Momoa embarked with some friends into Wadi Rum in Jordan, which is where Dune’s Arrakis scenes were shot, and filmed their adventure. As Momoa recalled:
It’s a good thing Jason Momoa and his friends recorded footage of their jaunt into the desert, because Denis Villeneuve apparently liked what he saw. That said, that footage wasn’t what made it into Dune itself. Instead, Momoa went back into the desert with Villeneuve and cinematographer Greig Fraser to shoot something more professional to include in the movie. Momoa explained:
So even if this quick scene of Duncan Idaho in the Arrakis desert hadn’t made into the final version of Dune, Jason Momoa is pleased that Denis Villeneuve was at least willing to shoot an official version of what the actor had envisioned. It would have been easy enough for the filmmaker to stick solely to the playbook mapping out his vision for Dune, but he was game to think outside the box, and the end result was the movie being slightly enhanced, as well as Momoa feeling more creatively revved up.
Dune finally opened in theaters and on HBO Max last month after previously being slated for a December 2020 release. Along with earning a lot of positive critical reception, the movie has raked in over $352 million at the global box office, making it the 10th highest-grossing movie of 2021 worldwide. Less than a week after Dune’s release, it was announced that Dune 2, i.e. the movie chronicling the second half of the original Dune novel, has been greenlit, and the plan is to deliver it to the masses on October 20, 2023. There’s also a spinoff series called Dune: The Sisterhood in the works for HBO Max.
There’s only a few more days left to watch Dune on HBO Max, but we’ll let you know when the movie home media release is announced, as well as any details concerning the sequel. As for Jason Momoa, he’s currently working on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which will drop on December 16, 2022.
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