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Ex_Machina’s Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland reuniting for sci-fi thriller

March 30th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Alex Garland’s Ex Machina was one of 2015’s surprise hits. The highly inventive and original sci-fi thriller was buoyed by an excellent script and the captivating central performances from Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Now, Isaac is reteaming with Garland for an equally intriguing sci-fi concept, an adaptation of the novel Annihilation.

According to The Tracking Board, the movie, which already boasts a star-studded cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Natalie Portman, will see Isaac play Portman’s husband with Portman serving as the narrator.

Oscar Issac’s assumed role would be that of a member of the 11th expedition that was sent into the wilderness of Annihilation’s Area X. Serving as the expedition before the 12th team that includes Natalie Portman’s biologist, the 11th team came back with a slight case of amnesia, as well as a rapid onset of cancer, thus greatly complicating the relationship.

Garland’s vision and talent as a sci-fi director coupled with Isaac and Portman as a powerful on-screen duo is a tantalising prospect. The complicated nature between their characters would afford Portman and Issac the opportunity to really felx their dramatic muscles.

If it’s adapted well, Annihilation could achieve the same level of success as Ex Machina.

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.