Jason Momoa has been one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood working today. Obviously, his Game of Thrones and Aquaman roles have shone the lantern of success over the actor, but simultaneously, he has also risen as a box office star.
Undoubtedly, his DC movies are on the top of his highest-grossing chart including The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part which earned $192.5 million at the box office, 2017 Justice League earned $657.9 million, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice collected $876.3 million while the first installment of Aquaman franchise broke several DC records with a whopping $1.149 billion global collection. However, there are two prominent roles of the actor where he could avoid wearing superhero suits.
2 . Dune
Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 sci-fi epic Dune has been a critical and a mass hit with an ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, and several other prominent stars. Made with a budget of $165 million, Dune Part 1 went on to make $402 million at the global box office, making room for at least a sequel.
Based on Frank Herbert’s epic novel of the same name, the movie is set in a barren desert but the advanced civilization has a way to survive, yet the plot is not so simple, it is filled with adventures and certainly terrifying villains have made the film even more engrossing. Momoa played Duncan Idaho, a heroic character in the movie who sacrificed himself to save Paul Atreides (Chalamet).
It is unlikely that Momoa would return in the sequel with astounding screen time, maybe in a flashback, but the story has to move forward and Villeneuve has little room to explore all the characters in the sequel. Regardless, Momoa’s Idaho made a lasting impact in the movie. Dune 2 will hit the theaters on 15 March 2024.
1 . Fast X
Momoa’s Fast and Furious franchise debut has been hailed well by fans as it reflected well in the box office as the movie went on to earn a whopping $714 million at the box office worldwide. Of course, Fast X has also been remarkable in regards to its production budget. The movie was made with an astounding $340 million production budget, making it the eighth-most expensive film ever made. Regardless, fans believed that Momoa’s villainous role as Dante Reyes, the nemesis of Dominic Torretto and his family and friends sworn to bring the seventh layers of hell on Dom’s life, was engrossing at best.
Momoa’s Fast X appearance was indeed flamboyant. To be fair, the credit goes to the casting director who could see the potential of a s*xy villain capable of nightmarish action who is always into playing the game with the heroes. Perhaps director Louis Leterrier was aware of what he could bring out Momoa’s Dante while concluding the mainline saga with the two-part film. Momoa will return as Dante in Fast X Part 2, scheduled for release on 4 April 2025.