It’s our most anticipated film event of 2020 and now the exceptional talent that is Oscar Isaac has opened up about what audiences can expect from Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated adaptation of Dune.
Discussing the project Isaac, who portrays the character of Duke Leto Atreides, father to the story’s hero Paul (Timothée Chalamet) described the experience saying, “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.”
Fans have long been desiring an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune and many felt let down by David Lynch’s 1984 original film. Here with Dune not only do we have the supreme talent behind the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and Sicario behind the lens with Denis Villeneuve, but for the director this has been a longly held passion project that he has eagerly wanted to bring to the screen for some time.
Isaac’s comments are in keeping with the tone of Herbert’s original story, which in addition to being this totally grand and exotic tale of science fiction is also packed together with a quite savage nature as it explores themes of destiny, ecology and evolution.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life and provides accelerated levels of thought. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, the Harkonnens, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis, also known as Dune. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
In 2020, the spice will flow when Dune arrives in cinemas on December 19, 2020.