Oscar Isaac Talks Apocalypse Role in New X-Men Movie

By December 5, 2014

This year, X-Men: Days of Future Past singlehandedly revived the X-Men film franchise, while also restoring audiences’ faith in the future of the franchise. By casting off the less-than-stellar continuity created by films in the series like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg went back to the core of what makes the set of characters so compelling, while also telling an interesting time travel story with massive worldwide repercussions, all based on the basic tenets of a classic X-Men comics story.

Recently, actor Oscar Isaac was cast as the titular villain in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to Days of Future Past and the expected “close” of a trilogy that began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Isaac, primarily known for playing more nuanced roles in films like the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, recently spoke to IGN about what his overall take will be for the role of a massively powerful comic book supervillain, as well as what he’s been able to glean from conversations with director Bryan Singer.

In the early conversations we talked a lot about that [Apocalypse’s distinct point of view and agenda],” he said. “Of course, you read the comic book, and [Apocalypse is] not so shaded with gray — except his face. [Laughs] That’s the only thing gray about him. […] It’s just different symbols for different things that we feel,” he continued. “So with this character I am incredibly interested in the challenge of finding someone that’s psychologically interesting and compelling, and actually the spiritual aspects of the character… For me, that’s what I’m interested in, in any character that I do. It’s a meditation on ‘What’s their engine? What’s their spirit?’ Whether that’s about Llewyn Davis or Apocalypse, there’s an aspect of ‘What is it that makes them run? What’s their spirit like?’ That’s what I’m interested in finding out about that character.

In the conversation, Isaac also talked about elements he’s read from the source material that he’s particularly enjoyed, as well as where the new film will fit in the panetheon of both X-Men movies, and comic book movies at large.

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. Be sure to keep your eye on GeekNation for any new developments surrounding the X-Men!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.