A popular character killed in the first Dune movie may be coming back in the sequel, should filmmakers decide to follow his arc in the book series.
Warning: This post contains potential spoilers for Dune 2.
Dune editor, Joe Walker, says a popular character killed in the first film may reappear in the sequel, Dune 2. Since releasing in theaters and HBO Max in October, the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel has been widely praised by audiences and critics, garnering honors like a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as a spot among the American Film Institute’s 10 best movies of 2021. Dune is expected to arrive on 4K Blu-ray and DVD on January 11, with a sequel confirmed for 2023.
Many praised director Denis Villeneuve’s take on Dune for staying mostly true to Herbert’s book, albeit half of it, as the film concluded on a cliffhanger with the intention of continuing the story in Dune 2. The story follows the plight of Paul Atreides and his aristocratic family as they move to Arrakis, a desert planet known for its abundance of a powerful substance known as “spice.” When the rival House Harkonnen seeks to dismantle Paul and his family, allies of House Atreides step in to help the young heir and his mother escape — among them, the warrior Duncan Idaho, who is killed toward the end of the film.
But, according to a Collider interview with Walker, there’s a chance Duncan’s story may continue in the film’s sequel. Collider‘s Steven Weintraub asked if any footage cut from part 1 would be saved for part 2, and while Walker didn’t necessarily say that additional Duncan Idaho moments were among those deleted scenes, he did allude to the character’s fate in the books possibly being explored in the future. Walker said:
“What’s really interesting about Frank Herbert’s book is that some characters do come back but not necessarily in the same form that they took originally. Those who know the book know that Duncan Idaho, for example, reappears, so it’s not over until the last lady sings.”
Duncan actually appears in all six books of Herbert’s original Dune series. His first resurrection, so to speak, takes place in Dune Messiah when a race of beings known as the Bene Tleilax essentially clone Duncan and give him to Paul as a gift, with ulterior motives. If Villeneuve’s films stay true to the books, as seems to be the intention, actor Jason Momoa will most likely be back on board to reprise the role with new a set of nuances and complexities.
Granted, Dune 2 may or may not have the runtime to delve into the events of Dune Messiah. The first Dune movie only covered a portion of Herbert’s novel, and that’s within a whopping 2 hours and 35 minutes. Dune 2 will more likely cap off the rest of the first book before diving into the sequel. Either way, it’s safe to assume Duncan Idaho isn’t dead, at least not really, unless the screenwriters decide to go rogue and deviate from the source material.
- Dune 2 (2023)Release date: Oct 20, 2023
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