Oscar Isaac in Negotiations to Star in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ as Duke Leto Atreides

     January 29, 2019

oscar-isaac-dune-rebootDenis Villeneuve‘s cast for the Dune reboot is starting to solidify. Already anchored by Oscar-nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), and starring Golden Globe-nominee Rebecca Ferguson, force of nature Dave Bautista, the always compelling Stellan Skarsgård, and Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling, the rebooted adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s acclaimed novels could just be the big-screen experience fans have been waiting for. The space-faring adventure story that’s rich with political intrigue and complex machinations hasn’t seen a big-screen retelling since David Lynch‘s cult classic 1984 flick, but if this legit cast is any indication, we should be seeing a release date announcement soon.

And today, Variety reports that none other than Golden Globe-winner Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to join the flick as an elder Atreides, father to Chalamet’s protagonist, Paul Atreides. Isaac’s role of Duke Leto Atreides was previously played by Jürgen Prochnow in Lynch’s tale. Skarsgård is set to star as the film’s antagonist and rival to the Atreides family, Baron Harkonnen. It should be quite a sight to see all of these top talents clash on the big screen.


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Dune follows Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, the heir apparent of the Atreides family. When they’re sent to rule over the desert planet Arrakis and its valuable spice commodity, their rule is contested by competing noble families, leading to betrayal and, ultimately, rebellion. Expect Isaac’s Duke Leto to have a big part to play, though everyone announced so far should bring their A game to the big screen whenever Dune arrives.

Isaac will next star alongside Ben Affleck in Triple Frontier, a Netflix action-thriller from director J.C. Chandor, and Sony’s animated movie, The Addams Family this October. Then, of course, he’ll return as Poe Dameron in the as-of-yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX this December.

Villeneuve directs and is co-writing the script with Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Villeneuve also executive produces with Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert; Kevin J. Anderson serves as a creative consultant.

For more of our previous and continuing coverage of Dune, be sure to get caught up with our recent write-ups linked below:


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