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Children of Dune (TV Mini-Series 2003) Poster

(2003 TV Mini-Series)

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This film introduces more actors from the Star Trek films into the Dune cast. Alec Newman has appeared on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Steven Berkoff has appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and Alice Krige appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
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Despite the title, only the second and third parts are adapted from the novel "Children of Dune"; the first part is based on "Dune Messiah".
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Alec Newman and James McAvoy are Scottish actors and they play father and son, Paul and Leto II.
Many of the supporting parts are played by supporting actors from Dune (2000), recast into different characters. For example, Korba is played by Karel Dobrý who previously portrayed Dr. Liet Kynes, and Klára Issová, who played Lichna, appeared as a Fremen housemaid in the Atreides palace.
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According to interviews, Alice Krige was John Harrison's first choice to play Jessica in Dune (2000), but was unavailable. However, Saskia Reeves had to back out of this miniseries because of pregnancy, so Krige was re-offered the part.
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Brian Tyler's music for this miniseries is used regularly in movie trailers, e.g. The Golden Compass (2007), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) or Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).
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The role of Gurney Halleck was originally played by Patrick Stewart in David Lynch's film Dune (1984). James McAvoy went on to play a younger version of Stewart's character in X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
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James McAvoy stars as Leto Atreides II, son of Emperor Paul Atreides. Later, James McAvoy would provide the voice of a prince in the film Strings (2004).
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In the novel, Leto Atriedes II is 9. But he was made older for the purposes of television.
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James McAvoy was a fan of the first two "Dune" novels.
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James McAvoy did the run across the desert bare naked.
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James McAvoy would later star in another screen adaptation of a fantasy novel. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe", which is based on the book by C.S. Lewis. "Children of Dune" is adapted from the novel by Frank Herbert.
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Alice Krieg had worked with Patrick Stewart in the 1996 film "Star Trek: First Contact". Patrick Stewart played Gurney Halleck in the 1984 film adaptation of "Dune".
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After finishing work on the mini-series, James McAvoy would do voice work on the 2004 Danish fantasy drama film "Strings", which in that film McAvoy provided the voice of the film's lead protagonist Hal Tara, a prince whom leaves his city to avenge his father The Kahro of Hebalom, whom he believes was assassinated by a tribe of warriors called The Zeriths and falls in love with a Zerith warrior woman named Zita. Leto II (McAvoy) is the son of Emperor Paul Atreides (Alec Newman) whom avenged his assassinated father Duke Leto Atreides (William Hurt) and falls in love with a Freman woman named Chani (Barbora Kodetova) whom is Leto II's mother.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Alia's death scene (reworked from the novel) uses many of her lines and actions from her first appearance in Dune (2000).
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Chani dies giving birth to Leto II and Ghaniama. "Dune" was one of George Lucas's influences behind the "Star Wars" films. In "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" Princess Leia is revealed as Luke Skywalker's twin sister and is the daughter of Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi Knight, believed to be the chosen one in a Jedi prophecy whom became Darth Vader and that they were separated at birth and in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", Anakin Skywalker's wife Padame Amidala dies giving birth to Luke and Leia.
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