How the new cast of 'Dune' compares to the cast of the 1984 movie

Paul Atreides and Lady Jessica in 2021's "Dune"; Chani and Paul Atreides in the 1984 film.
  • In 1984, David Lynch released a movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi book " Dune ."
  • This week, Denis Villeneuve releases his version of the story, starring Timothée Chalamet.
  • Here's how the cast of the 1984 movie compares to the cast of the 2021 film.
In the 2021 movie, Timothée Chalamet is Paul Atreides, a role played by Kyle MacLachlan in the 1984 version.
Kyle MacLachlan and Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides.

Paul Atreides is the heir of the House Atreides and son to Duke Leto Atreides. He's the hero of the sci-fi epic.

MacLachlan said he was excited to see the new version and Chalamet's portrayal.

"There will be another one, there will be a couple of us out there, running around, there's plenty of room I think, and Timothée I think will do a fantastic job," MacLachlan told IMDb in 2020 . "I'm ready excited to see it."

Zendaya plays the blue-eyed Chani. Sean Young originated the role in 1984.
Sean Young and Zendaya as Chani.

Chani is a Fremen who lives on the planet Arrakis, and she becomes Paul's love interest.

"[Denis Villeneuve and I] had a little discussion about who Chani is and the strength she possesses," Zendaya told Empire in 2021 . "She's a fighter, that's what her people are. I only really had a few days with her, so I kind of scratched the surface but it was so much fun figuring her out. What does she walk like, what does she talk like? This is her planet, so how does she navigate this world? It was so fun."

Duke Leto Atreides was played by Jürgen Prochnow in 1984, and now, Oscar Isaac will take on the role.
Jürgen Prochnow and Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides.

Duke Leto Atreides is the head of the House Atreides and father to the heir, Paul Atreides.

"He's a dad. I think that's a big thing. He's a father, and he's got all the qualities of, I think, what the epitome of what a father should be. He's noble, and House Atreides is a noble house…He's human, and I think that's the biggest thing." Isaac said in a recent press event, according to Den of Geek .

Rebecca Ferguson plays Lady Jessica in the new version, while Francesca Annis played the role in 1984.
Francesca Annis and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica.

Lady Jessica is Duke Leto Atreides' concubine and mother to the heir of House Atreides.

"She felt new for me; she felt fresh," Ferguson told The Gate in 2021 . "It felt, you know, unique somehow, even though it's a remake of a 1965 book, there was something just … because cause I got to modernize the feeling of being an annoyed mom with a kid as well. Does that make sense? You know, it was like … 'Sit up straight, take your elbows off the table. And yes you are the Muad'Dib, just deal with it.' Ah, kids nowadays."

Patrick Stewart played Gurney Halleck in the 1984 film, and now Josh Brolin is bringing the character back to life.
Patrick Stewart and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck.

Gurney Halleck is a warrior and weapons master for the House Atreides. He's also Paul's mentor.

"They screened the movie for us when it was finally done. And I was so blown away. I mean, I can say, I think I can safely say it's a masterpiece. It truly is a cinematic masterpiece," Brolin told ACE Universe in 2021 .

In the first movie version, Richard Jordan played Duncan Idaho. Now, Jason Momoa is playing the warrior.
Richard Jordan and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho.

Duncan Idaho is a sword master for the House Atreides and is another mentor to Paul.

"It is a masterpiece," Momoa told Jimmy Fallon on his late-night show in 2021 . "I've never been in anything on that scope. [Director] Denis [Villeneuve] is a genius. I got to see it. My kids were up here and I got to see it. First time I got to see something like that with my kids, and it's a very adult movie. But it's so beautiful and the cast is massive ."

Stellan Skarsgård plays the villain, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, in Villeneuve's version. Kenneth McMillan originated the part in 1984.
Kenneth McMillan and Stellan Skarsgård as Vladimir Harkonnen.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is the former steward of Arrakis and is House Atreides' biggest enemy. He's considered the villain in the "Dune" universe.

"I did eight or ten days on the movie, so my character doesn't show up for too much, but his presence will be felt," Skarsgård told IndieWire in 2021 . "He's such a frightening presence where even if he doesn't say anything, I think you'll be afraid of him. And I'm extremely fat. I had eight hours in the makeup chair every day. And in some scenes, I look very tall because I levitate. You're going to have a lot of fun with it."

Baron Harkonnen's nephew was played by Paul Smith in 1984, and now, it's Dave Bautista's role.
Paul Smith and Dave Bautista as The Beast.

Known as The Beast Rabban, this character is the villain's oldest nephew. In the trailers for the new movie, it seems Bautista's skin is very white. Director Denis Villeneuve explained it's because his origin planet does not get a lot of sun.

"Their skin is not used to sun, so they have to protect themselves from sunlight when they go on Arrakis," Villeneuve told EW in 2020 .

Everett McGill originated Stilgar in the first "Dune," and Javier Bardem takes on the role in the new version.
Everett McGill and Javier Bardem as Stilgar.

Stilgar is the leader of the Fremen tribe on Arrakis.

"It was fun. My role is short," Bardem told Deadline in 2021 . "Hopefully there is a second one! I hope my character will have more to tell in the story. Let's see."

Charlotte Rampling plays Gaius Helen Mohiam in the 2021 film, while Siân Phillips played the part decades ago.
Siân Phillips and Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam.

Gaius Helen Mohiam, also known as the Reverend Mother, is the head of the Bene Gesserit religion and is the Emperor's truthsayer.

"Denis Villeneuve is a delightful man, very helpful, very quiet and thoughtful. It's lovely that he's running such huge juggernauts," Rampling told The Irish News in 2020 . "I play a prophetess and my scenes were all in the studio, so I never got to go to the desert, which I was gutted about."

Freddie Jones previously played Thufir Hawat, a role now given to Stephen McKinley Henderson.
Freddie Jones and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat.

Thufir Hawat is the Mentat — also known as a political advisor — for House Atreides. Villeneuve told DuneInfo that the character is meant to be a human computer and that Stephen McKinley Henderson was perfect for that part.

"I wanted an actor who would have a lot of intelligence in the eyes, and at the same time look like a teddy bear," Villeneuve said in 2020 .

Piter de Vries was played by Brad Dourif in 1984 and will be played by David Dastmalchian in 2021.
Brad Dourif and David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries.

Piter De Vries is the political advisor for the House Harkonnen.

"There's endless calculation going on in [Piter's] mind about how to undermine his opponent in any circumstance without any concern for their wellbeing, humanity, feelings or any pain or suffering that he may inflict in the achievement of his goal," Dastmalchian told NME in 2021 .

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