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Comparing Every 2021 "Dune" Character To Their 1984 "Dune" Counterpart

Do you prefer Mary Sean Young or Zendaya as Chani?

Denis Villeneuve's upcoming sci-fi epic, Dune, is set to be the second time the classic novel has been adapted for the silver screen.

"Dune" is a sci fi epic.
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The first Dune landed in 1984, and was directed by David Lynch. Many people believe that Dune is just a Star Wars rip, but it's actually the opposite.

George Lucas in Hollywood.
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George Lucas was wildly influenced by Frank Herbert's 1965 novel, Dune. The desert planets, the intergalactic armies, and the spiritual vibes are all things that Lucas took from the novel. 


Villeneuve's talent for building gorgeous, cinematic experiences will surely bring Dune to the forefront of popular culture. His adaptation of the novel is set to come in two parts, with the first half hitting theaters on Oct. 22.

Timothee Chalamet in "Dune."
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Lynch and Villeneuve's Dune adaptations feature the same set of characters, but different looks for each. While some characters have been gender-swapped, others took on more inventive forms entirely.

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Who did it best? Here's a look at the Dune cast from Lynch's take on Herbert's novel compared to the cast of Villeneuve's updated epic.

1. Kyle MacLachlan / Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides

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2. Sean Young / Zendaya as Chani

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3. Francesca Annis / Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica

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4. Richard Jordan / Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho

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5. Max von Sydow / Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet-Kynes

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6. Jürgen Prochnow / Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides

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7. Everett McGill / Javier Bardem as Stilgar

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8. Patrick Stewart / Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck

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9. Freddie Jones / Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat

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10. Paul Smith / Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban

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11. Kenneth McMillan / Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

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12. Brad Dourif / David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries

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13. Dean Stockwell / Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh

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14. Siân Phillips / Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam

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15. Judd Omen / Babs Olusanmokun as Jamis

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16. Linda Hunt / Golda Rosheuvel as Shadout Mapes

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17. Molly Wryn / Gloria Obianyo as Harah

Harah a lo largo de películas y TV: - Molly Wrynn en "Dune" (1984) (Escenas eliminadas y versión extendida) - El personaje no existe en las miniseries de Dune de 2000 y 2003. - Gloria Obianyo en "Dune" (2020)

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