[Editor’s note: The following contains some mild spoilers for Dune.]
It’s officially time to get excited for Dune, the sci-fi epic directed by Denis Villeneuve and adapted from Frank Herbert‘s 1965 novel of the same name. This is the second time Dune has made its way to the big screen, in addition to David Lynch‘s 1984 adaptation. As such, there’s a good chance older fans of Dune will be familiar with the characters of this unusual world.
But, if you’re new to or curious about the world of Dune and the vast number of characters which populate it, it’s worth getting at least the (mildly spoilery!) basics so that you know what the heck is going on if you choose to see it in theaters. You may know Oscar Isaac from Jason Momoa, but do you know Paul Atreides from the Bene Gesserit? Do you know what a Mentat is? Could you list off the names of folks associated with House Atreides and House Harkonnen?
We’ve put together a basic but comprehensive guide on all of the key Dune cast members and an explainer of who they play as well as their role in the story. If you’re new to the world of Dune or you’re looking to get a refresher, keep reading and get yourself familiarized before this sci-fi space epic hits theaters at the end of the year.