Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) has closed a deal to play the title villain, En Sabbah Nur, a.k.a. Apocalypse, in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse. We reported last month that the studio was eyeing Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse, but it wasn't known if the actor was even interested in taking on the role. Hardy is also in talks to play one of the villains in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, although his involvement in that DC Comics adventure has yet to be confirmed at this time.
Apocalypse was first teased during the end credits sequence in this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which showed a young En Sabbah Nur using his telekinetic abilities to assemble the famous pyramids in Egypt. The Marvel comic book character was born in Egypt around 3,000 B.C., and is the first ever mutant.
While no story details have been officially confirmed, we reported earlier this month that the story will center on the relationship between Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), with the plot set in the 1980s. This big-screen adventure will also close out the trilogy that showcases the younger characters from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer is directing from a script by Simon Kinberg, with the production also casting younger versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey. Oscar Isaac will next be seen in the upcoming drama A Most Violent Year, along with Ex Machina and the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.