To say that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is shaping up nicely would be a huge understatement. And now, the picture is close to adding another impressive name to its cast.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar Isaac is in early talks to play Duke Leto Atreides in Villeneuve’s upcoming take on Frank Herbert’s iconic 1965 novel. Leto is the father of the tale’s central character, Paul Atreides.
If the Star Wars actor does indeed sign on for Dune, he’ll join a cast that includes Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s mother Lady Jessica, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista as the sadistic nephew of Skarsgard’s Baron Harkonnen.
Dune began life back in 1965, with Frank Herbert’s original novel tying for the 1966 Hugo Award and then winning the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, the story centres on Paul Atreides as his family takes control of the desert planet known as Arrakis. With valuable resources key to the tale, what unravels is a plot that’s full of politics, betrayal, and man’s relationship with nature. A Kyle MacLachlan-starring, David Lynch-helmed movie followed in 1984, which went on to become a cult classic, and then Syfy developed a Dune TV series in 2000. As for written works, Herbert penned five sequels himself before Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert expanded that written world even further.
At this stage, Villeneuve’s Dune has yet to be given a release date.