Oscar Isaac Set to Play the Title Villain in 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

November 24, 2014
Source: Variety

Apocalypse / Oscar Isaac

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.

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Good, excellent actor.

Jon Odishaw on Nov 24, 2014


I like him too. Maybe now he gets well-known for a bigger audience.

Etienne Martin on Nov 25, 2014


I'm good with that, now hopefully they can stay true to the appearance. That is the real test.

mooreworthy on Nov 24, 2014


Very true. I'm just barely beginning to like Bryan Singer again with DOFP, i just hope he doesnt fk that up again by ruining the image of possibly my favorite X-men villain. I want him to look just like the image above and to literally tower over everyone.

Rock n Rollllll on Nov 24, 2014


Hell yeah, Rock n Roll! Don't try this grounded in reality nonsense or a swarm of flippin insects (lookin at you Fox Studios). I truly want to be scared and in awe when he firsts appears and speaks.

mooreworthy on Nov 24, 2014


Exactly! I want a dark and gritty feel to him. IMO this guy is scarier than even Thanos.

Rock n Rollllll on Nov 25, 2014


Wasn't he one of the candidates for Doctor Strange?

Tuomas Lassila on Nov 24, 2014


I think the Olsen twins were up for Doctor Strange too.

MattPeloquin on Nov 24, 2014


I have only seen him in "Inside Lewyn Davis" and I thought he was just okay. His guitar playing and singing (provided it was him) was amazing in that film! Studios must be getting glimpses of this kid in other films yet to be released, cause he's booking everything. I can't wait to see his range.

Why? on Nov 24, 2014


It is pretty great to see Isaac get so much acclaim this late in his career or at least life. I know he is not old, but he is almost middle aged.

DAVIDPD on Nov 24, 2014


This is news I can handle.

Quanah on Nov 24, 2014

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