Oscar Isaac Could Rule Arrakis in Denis Villeneuve's Dune

Oscar Isaac could be about to become the spark that lights an altogether different fire.
Oscar Isaac could be about to become the spark that lights an altogether different fire.
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Good news: Oscar Isaac is being cast in more things. Weird news: He might be playing Timothée Chalamet’s dad in Dune.

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Variety reports that Isaac has entered talks to play Duke Leto Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s long-in-the-works adaptation of the iconic Frank Herbert novel. In the original novel, Duke Leto is tasked with ruling the desert planet of Arrakis, much to the dismay of House Atreides’s longtime rivals, the Harkonnens—leading to a plot that ousts Leto and his family from rule. Leto’s son Paul—who will be played by Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet—flees the Harkonnens’ coup and works to ally himself with the natives of Arrakis to overthrow the treacherous Harkonnens and take the rule that was rightfully his.

What’s weird about this is that...well, there’s only a 16-year age gap between Isaac and Chalamet. Sure, fiction can fudge things, but it’s kinda hard for me to picture the two as father and son. Something we can all mentally override if it means more Oscar Isaac in genre movies, I guess!

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Dune doesn’t yet have a release date but the cast is increasingly intriguing.


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What’s weird about this is that...well, there’s only a 16-year age gap between Isaac and Chalamet

Oscar Isaac is nearly 40, and Timothée Chalamet is 23, but has been playing much younger than that (high school age) in recent movies. Even if they were playing their actual ages, it wouldn’t be out of the range of possibility for Leto to have had a son while still teenaged. Of course, then, Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica would have had given birth to Paul while she was 12. So, in space, nobody cares how old you are.

Having said that, David Lynch’s Lady Jessica, Francesca Annis is a whopping 14 years older than Kyle McLachlan, who played her son, Paul in that version of Dune, so legendary space dynasties have really different customs than we do.