by Justin Cook
Inside Llewyn Davis actor Oscar Isaac is set to play the villain Apocalypse in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Bryan Singer, director of X-Men, X2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, will helm the film, with Simon Kinberg writing the script.
Apocalypse, which will also star Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult and many more, has been described as a disaster movie, featuring the most destruction out of any X-Men film to date.
Much of the destruction is expected to stem from Apocalypse, an ancient supervillain born with mutant powers. A brief after-credits scene attached to X-Men: Days of Future Past showed the villain 5,000 years in the past, assembling the Great Pyramids with his telekinetic powers.
Isaac is a very interesting and unexpected choice for the role of Apocalypse. A report said that he was a long-time favorite for the role and that Singer has wanted him all along.
He has emerged over the past few years as a great actor with roles in films such as Drive and Inside Llewyn Davis. This year he can be seen starring in A Most Violent Year, in which his performance has been highly praised. 2015 will be a big year for the actor as well, as not only does he star in the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, but he will also be playing a still unknown role in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s and could potentially feature the return of important characters in the series at a much younger age. Specific characters that we will be seeing in the film have not been confirmed yet.
The film will be following the very successful X-Men: Days of Future Past, which received strong reviews from fans and critics alike, and was a major box office hit — grossing $745 million worldwide.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on May 27, 2016.