According to Variety, Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to play the titular villain in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Created by Louise and Walter Simonson, Apocalypse made his debut in X-Factor #6. The world’s first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conquerer, believing in the manta of survival of the fittest. The character’s most popular storyline, “The Age of Apocalypse,” ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, “The Age of Apocalypse” saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants. The character appeared in the post credits scene of X-Men: Days of future Past.
The movie takes place in 1983, 10 years after Days of Future Past and so far it stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters. Younger version of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm are also confirmed to appear.
Bryan Singer will direct to direct with Simon Kinberg penning the script.
Isaac is set to star in December’s A Most Violent Year as well as next year’s Star Wars The Force Awakens.
What do you think of the news? Other actors we’ve heard possibly up for the role included Tom Hardy and Idris Elba.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to release on May 27, 2016.