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Oscar Isaac is one of us, a geek through and through. But at this time last year, we had no idea. A year ago, Isaac was the star of a wonderful Coen Bros. movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which was a big coming-out party for the actor. Before that he’d appeared mostly as stand out supporting character in Drive, Body of Lies, Robin Hood and others. Fast forward a year, and now we’ve not only seen him fly an X-Wing in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and he’s also been cast as the ultimate mutant baddie, Apocalypse, in X-Men: Apocalypse. Those are two of the biggest franchise movies Hollywood has happening.

Isaac was out promoting his latest film, A Most Violent Year, and was asked about both projects. Turns out, he’s been an Apocalypse fan for decades and he still can’t believe he got to fly an X-Wing. You can watch the Oscar Isaac Star Wars and X-Men videos below.

Both videos come from MTV. First up, here’s Isaac talking about his shot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

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And here’s Isaac talking about being cast in X-Men Apocalypse:

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It’s just so cool to see him get excited about both these roles. That’s what any one of us would do if we had his talent and expanding resume.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released first, on December 18, 2015. Isaac stars a long side franchise newcomers  John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and then, of course, the old guard like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker. J.J. Abrams directs.

X-Men Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016. Bryan Singer once again directs and, so far, Isaac is the only new addition made to the cast, which will once again include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.

Are you surprised as Isaac’s excitement about the material? Did you expect it?

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