Extended cuts are now definitely in fashion. After Zack Snyder (finally) got his Justice League version to see the light of day, many fans have joined this peculiar movement with other films, some even as repudiated in their time as Suicide Squad by David Ayer, who also reclaims his own version of the movie.
However, it is rare to demand a different cut of a movie that has yet to hit theaters, and even rarer if it comes from a cast member and not from the fans or the director himself. But that was the case with Dune, which has not yet been released and already has an admirer demanding an extended cut of everything Denis Villeneuve shot. And that person is no less than Jason Momoa.
“They need to make the four-to-six hour version of the first half,” says bluntly the actor who brought Khal Drogo to life in Game of Thrones. “It’s like, ‘Let’s watch the four-to-five-hour movie like a TV show; I can choose when I want to watch the whole thing.’ I want to see Denis’s whole vision. I don’t want it to be trimmed,” the performed adds.
In Dune, Momoa plays Duncan Idaho, one of the most important characters from the fiction created by Frank Herbert and, presumably, from Villeneuve’s film itself. Idaho is Paul Atreides’ (Timothée Chalamet) companion and protector, one of the best soldiers to come out of House Harkonnen and whose destiny will lead him to fight for House Atreides on the sandy planet of Arrakis.
Judging by the Aquaman actor’s statement, the director of Arrival or Prisoners has filmed plenty of material to make a mini-series around the universe of Dune, although it will remain a feature film for the moment. A pretty long one indeed, over two hours and a half, and which can be seen in theaters from September 17.