Oscar Isaac Experienced a Career Resurgence in Venice

Oscar Isaac at the North American Premiere of
Oscar Isaac at the North American Premiere of "At Eternity's Gate" in 2018. Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix for CBS Films/REX/Shutterstock (9930318e)

We haven’t seen Oscar Isaac in any new movies ever since he ended his run as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but he’s ready for a comeback. Three of his upcoming projects premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and we’ll soon get to see them in theaters and on the small screen.

The Card Counter

Following the success of First Reformed, Paul Schrader returned to Venice with another intriguing character study. The Card Counter sees Isaac take on the role of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past, and it was met with rave reviews in Venice.


Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is one of the most talked-about movies to premiere in Venice, and it was met with an eight-minute standing ovation following its opening. Isaac will play one of the key characters in this sci-fi epic—Duke Leto Atreides, who was bestowed with the stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune.

Scenes from a Marriage

The remake of Ingmar Bergman’s iconic series of the same name focuses on a contemporary American couple as their marriage slowly crumbles. Isaac and Jessica Chastain previously played a couple in A Most Violent Year, and this series will give them another chance to prove they’re a match made in heaven.