Dune (2021) cast and characters. Who’s who in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune film?

The desert planet of Arrakis can be an inhospitable and unforgiving place, particularly if you arrive without a clue who all the movers and shakers are.

Here are the Dune (2021) cast and characters in all their spice-addled, sand-blasted glory, complete with the essential info you need to know about who’s (got it in for) who on Arrakis.

Dune (2021) release date: 21 October 2021

Oscar Isaac is Duke Leto Atreides in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Oscar Isaac
is Duke Leto Atreides

Duke Leto Atreides is the wise and principled head of House Atreides, a noble family of the Landsraad, the political body supposedly created to check the power of the Padishah Emperor and his Sardaukar army.

Father to Paul Atreides and husband to Lady Jessica, Duke Leto Atreides is given stewardship of the dangerous but politically important desert planet of Arrakis by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. With Arrakis the sole source of Melange (also known as Spice) – the substance with narcotic properties that make intergalactic space travel possible – this posting is an honour Duke Leto Atreides cannot refuse. And yet, accepting it feels like a poison chalice; an instinct Leto would be wise to heed.

Loyal to

The House Atreides, of course. But, being the leader he is, Leto also sees wisdom in befriending and showing respect to the Fremen – the indigenous people of Arrakis.

Rebecca Ferguson is Lady Jessica in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Rebecca Ferguson
is Lady Jessica

Lady Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit, a powerful sisterhood of women who train their bodies and minds to obtain superhuman powers and abilities. As such, they are incredibly influential, if secretive, figures in the Imperium.

Married to Duke Leto Atreides, Lady Jessica was instructed to bear him a daughter as part of the Bene Gesserit programme to bring about the birth of a super being known as the Kwisatz Haderach. Instead, she gave birth to Paul Atreides, putting her at odds with her mentor, the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam.

Loyal to

Lady Jessica’s loyalties are complicated. She’s powerfully loyal to her son, loyal to her adopted House Atreides, and also loyal to the Bene Gesserit.

Timothée Chalamet is Paul Atreides in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Timothée Chalamet
is Paul Atreides

Paul is the teenage son of Duke Leto Atreides and Lady Jessica, and heir to the House Atreides. Contrary to sacred tradition, his mother trained him from an early age in the ways of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, while loyal Atreides lieutenants, Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho have similarly prepared him from youth in classical forms of combat.

Before leaving the Atreides homeworld of Caladan for its new post on Arrakis, Paul begins to have visions of a young woman surrounded by arid desolation. Little does he know but he’s glimpsing Chani – a Fremen who will become an important figure, not only in Paul’s life, but in the future annals of Dune lore.

Loyal to

His parents, his mentors Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho and, in time, to Chani and the Fremen people of Arrakis.

Josh Brolin is Gurney Halleck in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Josh Brolin
is Gurney Halleck

‘Gurney the valorous’ as Paul Atreides calls Halleck is the Atreides Weapons Master and Paul’s weapons teacher and mentor. He bears a scar from an encounter with Baron Harkonnen’s sadistic nephew during his early life on the Harkonnen homeworld of Giedi Prime. As an adult, few can match him in combat.

Loyal to

Having experienced the cruelty of House Harkonnen at an early age, Halleck’s loyalty lies fully with House Atreides, and with his young student, Paul Atreides in particular.

Jason Momoa is Duncan Idaho in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Jason Momoa
is Duncan Idaho

After energy shields made projectile weapons useless in most situations, the Dune universe once more embraced hand-to-hand combat. It’s most skilled practitioners were the Swordmaster of Ginaz and Idaho is one of their number. Bold, big-hearted and fierce, Duncan Idaho is a born warrior.

Like Halleck, Idaho is a mentor of Paul’s, and serves at the pleasure of Duke Leto Atreides, acting as both a military advisor and the Duke’s trusted envoy in negotiations with the Fremen people of Arrakis.

Loyal to

Duncan Idaho is incredibly loyal to Duke Leto and the rest of the House Atreides royal family.

Chang Chen is Dr. Wellington Yueh in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Chang Chen
is Dr. Wellington Yueh

Dr. Wellington is a Suk doctor and Duke Leto Atreides’ trusted private physician. Graduates of the illustrious Suk medical school are conditioned to be unable to do harm to their patients, making them extremely valuable in a world of warring Houses and intergalactic political plots.

Loyal to

House Atreides of course. How could Yueh be anything but loyal?

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Zendaya is Chani in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Zendaya
is Chani

The daughter of Imperial Planetologist, Liet Kynes, and a member of the Fremen, teenager Chani is already a skilled warrior, surviving with her fellow Fremen among the unforgiving Dunes of Arrakis. Unbeknownst to her, Chani has been appearing to Paul Atreides in visions that appear to foretell their meeting.

The significance of this is something that, for now at least, can only just be discerned through the coming sandstorm of betrayal and redemption at the heart of Dune (2021).

Loyal to

Chani is loyal to the Fremen, the indigenous people of Arrakis. In time, that loyalty will encompass former Imperial oppressors-turned-allies.

Javier Bardem is Stilgar in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Javier Bardem
is Stilgar

Stilgar is the gruff Naib (leader) of Sietch Tabr, a community of Fremen living on the desert planet of Arrakis. Stilgar is used to successive noble families setting up on Arrakis to mine spice, oppressing his people in the process. But the new arrivals, House Atreides, seem different.

Could there be a future alliance there? It’s possible, and sooner than Stillgar or anyone in House Atreides could possibly imagine.

Loyal to

The Sietch Tabr and to the Fremen people in general. Arrakis produces the single most valuable substance in the known universe, spice, so why is it the Fremen who struggle to survive?

Stellan Skarsgård is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2021.

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Stellan Skarsgård
is Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Leader of House Harkonnen, the Baron is as unremittingly cruel as he is intelligent. He hates House Atreides and, with his equally sadistic nephew Glossu ‘The Beast’ Rabban at his side, will stop at nothing to humiliate and hurt Duke Leto Atreides and his allies.

How it must sting for Harkonnen to see his family usurped as stewards of Imperial spice mining on Arrakis. No doubt he has a plan to get his revenge. Unless, of course, the plan has been set in motion long before House Atreides ever sets foot on Dune…

Loyal to

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. That’s it.

Official poster for Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve. Warner Bros. Pictures 2021.

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