It appears that Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to play the titular comicbook villain in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer will direct the superhero pic with Simon Kinberg writing the script.
Singer had been meeting with actors for the past couple of weeks but sources say Isaac always seemed like the type of actor Singer wanted for the role and the long-time favorite from the start.
Isaac was born in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, Maria, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández. His maternal grandfather was French. Isaac was raised in Miami, Florida. While in Miami, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band The Blinking Underdogs. He has described his evangelical Protestant upbringing as “very Christian”.
Isaac liked to cause trouble when he was growing up in a private grade school. “I set off a fire extinguisher in the gym, defaced a mural, just stupid stuff,” he said in an interview. He liked to make kids laugh. At one point, his teacher had to screen off his desk from the rest of the class with a piece of cardboard. Eventually he was expelled
Isaac was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2009, for his role as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo (2009).
Isaac’s first major film role was as Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the film The Nativity Story. He also had a small role in All About the Benjamins and in Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che.
Isaac played Prince John in the 2010 film Robin Hood. Later that year, he portrayed a security guard in the film W.E., which was directed by Madonna and released in September 2011. In the same month, Isaac starred in the crime drama Drive. He also had a role in 10 Years, in which he played a musician. He performed his own song “Never Had” in the film. “Never Had” and “You Ain’t Goin Nowhere” were included in the movie’s soundtrack.
He has made an appearance in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He appeared as Romeo in the Public Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Park” performances of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona.
In 2013, Isaac starred in the film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. Isaac played a talented yet unsuccessful folk singer in a drama set in Greenwich Village in 1961. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. For the role of Llewyn, Isaac received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. On December 3, 2013, Isaac was cast alongside Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor’s film A Most Violent Year, replacing actor Javier Bardem.
In 2014, Isaac was announced as a cast member for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens for 2015.
Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise. “‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.” Singer also suggested that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, could feature younger versions of familiar characters.
Fox will release on May 27, 2016.
The most recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” co-starring Hugh Jackman, has earned a monstrous $745 million worldwide at the box office.