Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to play the main villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” TheWrap has learned.
Isaac has been the frontrunner to play Apocalypse for the past two weeks, though Idris Elba and Pedro Pascal were also under consideration, since a deal was never a foregone conclusion.
Apocalypse’s real name is En Sabah Nur, which translates to “the first one,” alluding to the fact that he is considered the first human born with the mutant-X gene. Given his ancient heritage, he is extremely powerful and considers himself a God.
Bryan Singer is directing the comic book sequel for 20th Century Fox.
Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld are among the teenage leading ladies being eyed to play young Jean Grey, while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are under consideration for the role of young Cyclops.
“Apocalypse” is scheduled to start production in the spring, as Fox will release the film on May 27, 2016. The most recent entry in the comic book franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” grossed nearly $750 million worldwide.
Isaac recently starred in “Inside Llewyn Davis” and will next be seen opposite Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.” He also plays a bad-ass hero in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Isaac is represented by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.