Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac to play the villain in new X-Men movie

The Inside Llewyn Davis star has been cast as Apocalypse in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film

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We still don’t know who he plays in the recently-filmed Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but Oscar Isaac already has his sights on his next character – and he’s a bad ‘un.

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The 35-year old actor will portray villain Apocalypse in Bryan Singer’s 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse (the superhero sequel to this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past) alongside returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. 

Set in the 1980s, the film is expected to be based on 1995 comic miniseries Age of Apocalypse, which saw the titular baddie subjugate Earth in an alternate universe where the super-powered mutants of the X-Men series have enslaved humanity. 

Within the world of the comics, Apocalypse is over 5,000 years old and the very first mutant, with various abilities including the manipulation of reality, teleportation and four “horsemen” who do his bidding.

It’s unclear how close the films will stick to the original comics, but a post-credits scene after X-Men: Days of Future Past showed a younger version of the character building pyramids with his mind while hordes of worshippers chanted his Egyptian name En Sabah Nur.

Hopefully Isaac has picked up some levitation skills from his time spent with the Jedi…

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X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in 2016