Oscar Isaac on Why DUNE Is Still Relevant Today

Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune will be unleashing a trailer soon. And today, Villeneuve and star Oscar Isaac (Star Wars) say the movie’s themes are still relevant in 2020.

Isaac tells Empire: “It’s about the destiny of a people, and the different way that cultures have dominated other ones. How do a people respond when it’s at the tipping point when enough is enough when they’re exploited? All those things are things we’re seeing around the world right now.”

Villeneuve adds: “Something I deeply love in the book is that there was a strong balance between the masculine power and feminine power.”

Sounds good to me!

Villeneuve directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel by Frank Herbert. Chalamet, Ferguson, and Brolin’s co-stars include Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, Stephen Henderson, and Zendaya.

In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. 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.

The film hits in theaters on December 18th. The trailer will hopefully arrive soon.

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