Having already put together a mightily impressive cast for his new version of Dune – which includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellen Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling – director Denis Villeneuve is now looking to add another big name to his new adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s acclaimed novel.
Variety reports that Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to join the film and play Duke Leto Atreides, the father of Chalamet’s protagonist, Paul Atreides. The role was previously portrayed by Jürgen Prochnow in David Lynch’s 1984 take on the novel, a large mess that remains the last time the book was adapted for the big screen.
Dune will follow Chalamet’s Paul, the heir apparent to the Atreides family. When the family is sent to rule over the desert planet Arrakis and its valuable commodity of spice, their rule is contested by competing noble families. This leads to betrayal, rebellion, and a whole lot of heady sci-fi logic. But if Villeneuve has proven anything in his career, it’s that he’s adept at handling the most complex stories.
Getting Isaac on board would be the cherry on top for this fantastic cast. He will next be seen alongside Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam in Netflix’s Triple Frontier, while he’s also got the animated Addams Family movie lined up. He will also return as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX in December. There is currently no release date set for Dune.