Momoa's involvement in a project like this only adds to his increasingly impressive filmography. After bursting onto the scene in the early 2010s by starring in the Conan the Barbarian reboot and (more notably) playing Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones, Momoa was poised to become a big star. He got that opportunity when he took the cameo role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The role would lead to him co-starring in Justice League before going on to the 2018 Aquaman film, which became DC's most successful film at the box office to date. Now Momoa is currently filming an Aquaman sequel, leading the Apple TV+ series See, and developing a buddy cop film with Dave Bautista. With plenty of roles to pick from these days, Momoa recently explained what drew him to Duncan Idaho in Dune.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Momoa was asked what he liked most about Duncan. He responded by describing how fierce, honorable, and just plain cool the character is. The actor then goes on to compare himself to Duncan favorably in a hilarious nod. His full quote reads:
"Duncan was described as the greatest fighter in the galaxy. He’s honorable, he’d do anything to serve the family, the house of Atreides. I love that quality he has, of like the knight or the samurai. Women love him and men want to have a drink with him, so I loved the idea of his charisma and his sense of adventure. And at the same time, he’s a badass. So, why wouldn’t I play him?"
Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho was one of many excellent aspects of Dune that made the film work so well. The film, which was released in mid-October, will be returning to IMAX screens for a limited time starting on December 3. Villeneuve (as well as many critics) has repeatedly urged viewers to go see the film on the biggest screen possible, despite its simultaneous release on HBO Max. Though it left the service last week, Dune will be available at home on digital December 3rd before being available on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on January 11.
It's hard to imagine anyone other than Jason Momoa playing Duncan Idaho in Dune. It's as if the actor was born to play the role. Many of the traits Momoa describes here can also fit various other characters throughout his career. Though some may understandably think that Momoa has been typecast in these roles, he's just so good at bringing them to life that it's hard to complain. Here's hoping he'll return in some capacity for Dune: Part Two.