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Oscar Isaac Cast as Villain in X-Men: Apocalypse
It seems Hollywood has really taken a liking to Oscar Isaac’s authoritative presence on screen. His recent roles in A Most Violent Year, and Inside Llewynn Davis and his huge, upcoming part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens must have all contributed to swing the vote his way to play the main villain in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. Isaac will play Apocalypse himself, also known as En Sabah Nur.
Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur sounds like an interesting chap, so who is he?
For a start, we will just call him Apocalypse for now because, well, he does look like a creature that would thrive in an apocalypse. Born with grey skin and blue traces that wrap around his facial features, Apocalypse is not a guy you want to invite to a family BBQ. However, if you want someone to destroy the world, then he will fit right in. He is almost invincible; his powers range from flight, invulnerability, superhuman strength, teleportation, and telekinesis. I don’t know what makes him so special to warrant having all these insane powers, but it might be the fact that he was not born in a regular place like a hospital or at home like us mere mortals. Apocalypse was born in ancient Egypt nearly five thousand years ago, in a lone settlement on the very edge of the Valley of Kings. He was brought up by a tribe that tested his abilities with which he excelled and became the fierce monster we will see him as in the upcoming X-Men film.
That means for Oscar Isaac, we can finally see him in full villain mode, as when he usually plays a bad guy type role, he is either a sly and despicable human being (Robin Hood), or a smart but flawed crime boss (A Most Violent Year), but from all those performances of his, you can always see a kind of fire raging beneath the surface of the characters he portrays, and that might be what the X-Men director, Bryan Singer, wants to light up.
Oscar Isaac will join director, Bryan Singer, who is definitely confirmed for the sequel, despite his recent legal battle, but as the film’s screenwriter cleared up, he will helm X-Men Apocalypse and head the cast which has returning players from Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Evan Peters (Peter/Quicksilver), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magneto), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast).
In terms of Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine, we are unsure as yet as to whether he is going to appear in Apocalypse, as back in May this year Jackman told Screen Rant that if he was going to play Wolverine again, it would most probably be the last time, “I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one (last Wolverine film). But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”
Another person who is rumoured to be making an appearance in Apocalypse is the in-form Channing Tatum who apparently is due to play Gambit. Gambit is a mutant who can control and manipulate pure kinetic energy. It is thought though, that possibly Gambit will be getting his own spin-off movie instead, and might not appear in Apocalypse, but at the moment it’s all up in the air, and we won’t know until the news has hit the ground and it is stamped true.
Nothing has been released about the official synopsis of X-Men: Apocalypse, apart from it is taking place in the 1980s; however, if you want a little tease to get you in the mood for some Apocalypse action, check out the post credits scene in Days of Future Past where a very young En Sabah Nur, is having a giant game of Jenga with pyramids.
X-Men: Apocalypse will release May 27th 2016, which is the same Memorial Day slot that gave Days of Days of Future past a lot of success (raking in over 302 million dollars worldwide).
Let me know below whether you think Oscar Isaac is the right choice to play the demonic Apocalypse or whether you would have gone with another actor.