Denis Villeneuve's Dune adaptation has added several big names recently, including Marvel Cinematic Universe alums Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista. However, it appears the project is now looking for a face from a galaxy far, far away, as Star Wars sequel trilogy star Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to join the film.
According to Variety, Isaac is in negotiations to play the father of Timothee Chalamet's character Paul Atreides, the main protagonist in the film and a prominent figure in the first two novels of the Dune series.
Published in 1965, Dune is the first of many installments in Frank Herbert’s Dune saga. Set in the distant future, the story plays out like an interstellar version of Game of Thrones, with a feudal society of noble houses, each of which controls individual planets that all owe allegiance to the power-hungry Padishah Emperor. After its critical success, Dune quickly spawned five sequels -- Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune -- as well as a number of prequels and short stories written by Frank's son and Kevin J. Anderson.
Dune was adapted for live-action twice already. The first was a 1984 film directed by David Lynch, which proved to be a critical and commercial failure. The second attempt was a three-part miniseries that premiered on Syfy in 2000 titled Frank Herbert's Dune, which earned impressive enough ratings to warrant a sequel in 2003 that combined both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. In 2016, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to the property.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune has yet to receive a release date.