Oscar Isaac: Dune Remake is “Shocking, Unique and Visceral”

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Oscar Isaac: Dune Remake is Shocking, Unique and Visceral

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly to promote Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, actor Oscar Isaac offered a few tidbits about Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated Dune remake, in which the star plays Duke Leto Atreides.

“It’s just a wholly, wholly different thing,” Isaac said. “I couldn’t imagine anyone more suited for the tone of the original Frank Herbert novels than Denis. There are some things that are — for lack of a better word — nightmarish about what you see… There’s just this kind of brutalist element to it. It’s shocking. It’s scary. It’s very visceral. And I know that definitely between Denis and myself and Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson as the family unit, we really searched for the emotion of it. I’m beyond myself with excitement. I think it’s good to feel cool, unique, and special.”

In other words: be very excited.

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The star-studded cast includes Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout) and Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in leading roles. The film will also feature Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men), Stellan Skarsgard (Thor: The Dark World), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) and Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame).

Villeneuve is best known for directing Blade Runner 2049 as well as Sicario. Though Dune will likely resemble the former film more than the latter, both display the sort of experience directing arid, desolate locales that a fan would want in their Dune director, considering a sizable chunk of the story takes place on a desert planet.

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Dune will be released in theaters on December 18, 2020.