Oscar Isaac Joins ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ as Villain

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It looks like Oscar Isaac will be jumping from one big franchise to another. The Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens star has just signed on to play the title character in  X-Men: Apocalypse. And no, we don’t mean he’s playing all of the X-Men. Hit the jump for all the details on the Oscar Isaac X Men Apocalypse casting. 

According to Variety, Singer has been meeting with actors for the past few weeks. But Isaac was an early favorite, and now he’s booked the role. Isaac joins returning cast members Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.

Scripted by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Apocalypse promises to close out the First Class trilogy with “mass destruction.” It’s set in the ’80s and is expected to feature younger versions of certain classic characters including Cyclops and Jean Grey. Singer has said the film will “deal with the notion of ancient mutants” like Apocalypse, who were born thousands of years ago.

Isaac has been bouncing around Hollywood for several years, popping up in films like Robin Hood, Sucker Punch, Drive, and The Bourne Legacy. But it was his starring turn in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis that really seemed to push him into the spotlight.

He’s poised to become even bigger next year with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, though he has several indie projects due out as well including J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Additionally, he leads David Simon’s upcoming HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero.

That Isaac would jump to a comic book movie franchise makes sense. Just about every other leading man in his peer group has done the same thing. The only surprising thing about it is that Fox beat Marvel to the punch. You’d think Star Wars parent Disney would have hustled to snap him up for one of its MCU Movies.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

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