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Oscar Isaac says Denis Villeneuve ghosted him for 2 years before casting him in 'Dune'

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Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto and Denis Villeneuve
Oscar Isaac stars in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of "Dune." Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures; Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
  • Oscar Isaac said he didn't hear back from Denis Villeneuve for "years" before he was cast in "Dune."

  • According to Isaac, he expressed interest in the film to Villeneuve, who then ghosted him.

  • Villeneuve later sent Isaac the script and told the actor to find where he "fit in" to the story.

Oscar Isaac said he wrote to Denis Villeneuve to express interest in joining the filmmaker's adaptation of "Dune," but didn't hear back for "two years."

During his appearance on "The Tonight Show," host Jimmy Fallon asked Isaac how he came to be involved in the sci-fi film.

"I write to Denis [Villeneuve], and say, 'Hey, I hear you're doing "Dune." Big fan over here,'" Isaac said.

"Then he wrote back, 'So you're a fan of "Dune." Interesting,'" Isaac continued. "That was it. Didn't hear anything for two years."

When Fallon asked if Isaac was "joking," the actor said no - but went on to explain that Villeneuve eventually sent him the script for "Dune," telling Isaac to read it and find where the actor "fit" into the story.

"I already had a sense that Duke Leto... The way he's even described is olive-skinned, and high cheekbones, and I knew there was a beard waiting to be explored," Isaac joked of his character. "He walks in beard first, to any room. I was ready to unleash that one."

Isaac stars as Duke Leto, the powerful leader of House Atreides, in "Dune." Timothée Chalamet plays Leto's son, Paul, and Rebecca Ferguson plays Jessica, Leto's consort and Paul's mother.

Villeneuve's "Dune" is an adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel of the same name. The new film premieres Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, and you can watch the trailer below.

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