Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) has been cast in the role of the villain Ensabah Nur/Apocalypse in the highly anticipated big screen feature X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer, who is returning to direct this new installment in the X-Men film series, also collaborated on the story with franchise screenwriters Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg.
The immortal, gray-skinned Apocalypse is a fascinating character with a wide range of powers, including telepathy, super strength and the ability to morph his body’s form and size.
The film’s impressive cast includes James McAvoy, returning in the role of Professor Charles Xavier; Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique; Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto; and Evan Peters as Peter/Quicksilver. There has also been talk of Channing Tatum joining the project to play Remy LeBeau/Gambit and rumors that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Logan/Wolverine—but no official confirmation yet.
Isaac has proven himself a versatile actor, succeeding in several genres, including crime drama, historical romance and musical. But he is probably best known for action flicks, like 2011’s Drive. He has a number of exciting projects in the works, among them Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. He will next be seen starring with Jessica Chastain in the 1980’s-era big screen crime drama, A Most Violent Year, out Dec. 31.
The Apocalypse filmmakers are still searching for actors to play the younger versions of Jean Grey/Marvel Girl and Cyclops. Since filming is slated to begin in early 2015, we should receive more casting news in the near future.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.