From a small Coen Brothers film in the form of Inside Llewyn Davis to joining the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac seems to have a desire to display his range as an actor in both arthouse movies and big budget blockbusters. He’s going to add one more blockbuster to his resume very soon, in the form of Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In fact, he’s going to be playing the title character.
According to Variety, Isaac has been cast as classic X-Men villain Apocalypse in the film that’s due out in 2016. This brings to end a large search for an actor to embody the character, and likely means that production will begin in earnest very soon, with First Class and Days of Future Past alums James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender returning to their respective roles of Professor X, Mystique, and Magneto. Additionally, director Bryan Singer has also hinted at the possibility of younger versions of familiar characters from the “present day” film series, like Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey, could appear in Apocalypse, which is set in the 1980s. This would also be those characters’ canonical first appearances in the X-Men film timeline, since the events of Days of Future Past wiped the slate clean and retconned their appearances in every other film except for the one released this year.
Isaac can next be seen in December’s film A Most Violent Year. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27th, 2016.
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