Oscar Isaac is jumping from one big franchise to the next, as he moves from playing an X-Wing pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to taking on the title villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. It's apparently a role he really needs to get his head around, and it promises to be quite the challenge. Speaking with IGN, the actor offered his take on this ultimate Mutant villain, and revealed what he hopes to achieve with the character.
"Just as [director] Bryan [Singer]'s done with the other films, I think he seeks to find something a little more interesting than the archetypal aspects of the characters, which work really well in print, but for a film I think you want to see a bit more of the humanity in [Apocalypse]; Ultimately this is a story about humans. It's just different symbols for different things that we feel. With this character I am incredibly interested in the challenge of finding someone that's psychologically interesting and compelling, and actually the spiritual aspects of the character."
Angel, who later becomes Archangel, plays an important part in the Age of Apocalypse comic books, of which Oscar Isaac is a huge fan. He'd actually like to see Ben Foster reprise the role he played in X-Men: The Last Stand, where he established Warren Worthington III.
"He's a great actor. I don't really know how they're going to put all that together or exactly what characters, or how that's going to work. But I know Angel and Archangel in particular were some of my favorite characters in that storyline. That was such a cool and dark storyline. I think that would be a cool thing to see on film."
The actor then went onto talk about adapting the actual comic book story for the big screen, which he thinks is important but not necessarily a priority.
"Ultimately, it's about making something compelling and interesting to watch. I think being faithful to certain characters from the comics is very important, but it's a different medium. You want to make a great movie. That's the most important part, and then finding, if not the exact details, the soul of the characters, of the stories, of what the whole thing was. Those aspects, even if you're moving certain things around and maybe not being true to this particular storyline and adding this new thing, I think those are much more important. The experience of it will be much more compelling in the end."
X-Men: Apocalypse begins shooting in Montreal this April. Director Bryan Singer will return to direct his fourth X-Men movie. This sequel will wrap up the trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class and continued in this past summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.