The full-length trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of the cult novel Dune has finally dropped, giving fans their first real glimpse of the cast in action. Among them is Jason Momoa, who plays Duncan Idaho, the swordmaster of House Atreides and mentor to Timothée Chalamet’s Paul.
In a press interview ahead of the trailer release, Momoa shared some of his experiences of working with Villeneuve on the movie, and revealed that the shoot was an especially taxing one. Sure, he regularly gets into shredded superhero shape for projects like Aquaman and Justice League, but a lot of those movies are filmed against a green screen. An auteur like Villeneuve, however, demands verisimilitude; which means Dune was filmed in a real life desert, in order to bring the stark, alien landscapes of Arrakis to life.
Momoa joked that while shooting one physically exhausting scene in particular, it all just got too much.
“There were moments where, you know, you don’t want to bitch,” he said. “And it was funny because… I’ve never run this much in my life, and Denis had me run across the desert, because the sun was setting and so we had to get the shot and I had to run through this windstorm. I had to run to Timothée. I couldn’t see where I was going. All I wanted to, I just didn’t want to fall on my face and I didn’t want to disappoint [Villeneuve]. I’m not the best runner, but I was like, ‘I’m not giving up.’ The amount of chafing, and the sweat that had built up. But I was like, ‘I’m not gonna give up. I’m not going to give up!’ But inside, I was crying like a little baby.”
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Dune is set to be released on December 18, and according to Oscar Isaac, it will be a “shocking”, “nightmarish” and “visceral” take on Frank Herbert’s beloved book. “I’m beyond myself with excitement,” Isaac said last year, calling the adaptation “cool, unique, and special.”
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