Star Wars Actor In Talks For Dune Reboot Movie

Will Oscar Isaac play Duke Leto?

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The much-anticipated new movie adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel series Dune continues to add some big names. Following the news earlier this month that MCU stars Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgård will play key roles, it has now been reported that Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac is in talks to join the cast.

According to Variety, Isaac is in negotiations to play the role of Duke Leto, the father of lead character Paul Atreides, who will be played by Timothy Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name). As well as playing Poe Dameron in the recent Star Wars movie, Isaac is known for roles in Ex Machina, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Annihilation.

Skarsgård is set to play the evil Baron Harkonen, while Bautista will appear as "Beast" Rabban, Harkonen's nephew. The cast also includes Mission Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson, and the movie will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who previously helmed Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival. Dune does not yet have a release date.

The multi-book series was written by Frank Herbert, and the first volume was published in 1965. The movie was first announced in February 2017, when Herbert's son Brian suggested that it could be the first part in a series of films. It was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984 by David Lynch and starred Kyle McLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Sting. While this version was a commercial failure, it has since gained a cult reputation.

The Sci-fi Channel (since re-branded Syfy) also produced a Dune mini-series in the early 2000s. There have been several unsuccessful attempts to get a new movie version off the ground, most recently with Patriots Day director Peter Berg at the helm.

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