Oscar Isaac Bringing the Apocalypse to 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Monday, 24 November 2014 11:17 Written by  iamrogue
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Oscar Isaac Bringing the Apocalypse to 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

X-Men: Apocalypse has found its Apocalypse.

The one and only Oscar Isaac is set to play the most fearsome villain our mutant heroes have ever faced in the 2016 sequel.

The man is an acting machine with charisma to spare.  Last year he was robbed of awards season attention for his remarkable turn as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis.  You'll recognize him from supporting roles in Drive, Robin Hood, and The Bourne Legacy (he was the director's first choice to play action hero Aaron Cross, a role that ultimately went to more recognizable star Jeremy Renner).

Isaac isn't yet a household name, but it's only a matter of time. 

He's currently earning all manner of acclaim for A Most Violent Year in which plays against Jessica Chastain.  In April he stars in Alex Garland's scifi mindfuck Ex Machina.  More importantly, he plays a major role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits next December.

Isaac's on a blockbuster franchise with gravy train wheels.  He's on board to follow up Star Wars with the next X-Men.

According to Variety, the actor is committed to starring as Apocalypse, the bad guy teased in the post-credits sequence of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Also known as En Sabah Nur, is a heavy hitter in the X-universe, possibly the heaviest.  An incredibly powerful mutant with a wide range of powers including superstrength, teleportation, and supersmarts, Apocalypse could actually be the first mutant; he's been kicking up dust since the days of the pharaohs.

Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy," director Bryan Singer said over the summer. "What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”

Since Apocalypse himself is so powerful, this sequel introduces the sort of large-scale mega-destruction that so far hasn't been a big part of X-franchise.

Isaac faces off against returning players James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, with Evan Peters expected to reprise his Quicksilver role as well.  After the Sixties setting of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past going (partially) Seventies, X-Men: Apocalypse heads into the go-go Eighties, meaning we'll see young version of some familiar X-Men, including Jean Grey and Cyclops.

Last week we heard that Singer's looking at the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning for Jean, with lesser-known actors as Cyclops.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to begin production in April 2015, with Fox releasing the sequel on May 27, 2016.

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