Oscar Isaac Set to Play the Title Villain in 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Though Tom Hardy was rumored to be in the running to play the title villain in the next installment of the X-Men franchise, the role has gone to one of the cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which will unleash a teaser trailer this weekend). Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has signed Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) to play the villain Apocalypse in the aptly titled X-Men: Apocalypse, already slated for release on May 27th, 2016. This comes just after learning that Fox is also eyeing actors and actresses to play the roles of young Cyclops and Jean Grey for the sequel set in the 80s.
Apocalypse is believed to be the first mutant in human history. Through his years, Apocalypse inherits some alien technology from cosmic beings known as Celestials. This combined with his immortality, and menacing abilities nearly makes him invincible. His powers include the standard super strength and whatnot, but he also has the ability to control his body at a molecular level, which means he's infinitely stronger than other superheroes, and he can actually form parts of his body into weapons and heal. That's in addition to his telekinesis and mastery of technology and genetics, the latter of which allows him to alter mutant and human physiology.
Isaac is clearly on the rise as a star, both as a viable blockbuster star and as an acclaimed awards worthy actor. He's already turned in sold performances previously with supporting roles in Sucker Punch, 10 Years, Drive and The Bourne Legacy, but only in the past couple years has he blossomed into a leading man with Inside Llewyn Davis garnering awards buzz last year, and A Most Violent Year doing the same this year. And once audiences see him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he'll definitely be a more recognizable face by the time X-Men: Apocalypse rolls around. Stay tuned for more on the developing sequel.