Sunday, 7 December 2014

Oscar Isaac set for villain duties in X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac is not doing too badly for himself right now. Subject of awards chatter for his role in The Coen brothers (No Country For Old Men) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Currently garnering plenty of kudos for A Most Violent Year. Not to mention appearing a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So he could be forgiven for taking a break... Except news arrives via Variety that he has landed another high profile job and is set to star as the main villain in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Bryan Singer is back to direct the new film, which will focus on the antagonist introduced (but played by someone else) at the end of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Now Isaac will be bringing his considerable acting chops to the role, a supremely powerful, ancient mutant who awakens in the 1980s to cause trouble for the likes of James McAvoy's Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender's Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique.

We're also promised a mammoth action adventure with plenty of scope for Apocalypse to live up to his name, plus roles for younger versions of characters such as Jean Grey and Scott 'Cyclops' Summers.

Singer is gearing to shoot the film starting early next year from a script by X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg for a 19May 2016 release. Isaac's addition hopefully means Apocalypse will be a suitably compelling villain and a real challenge for our heroes. A Most Violent Year arrives here on 23 January, with Alex Garland's directorial debut techno thriller Ex Machina launching the same day for a double dose of Isaac. Then, as mentioned, there is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will finally touch down on our screens on 18 December next year.

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