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"X-Men: Apocalypse" Casts Its Title Villain

Variety reports that Oscar Isaac has been cast as Apocalypse in "X-Men: Apocalypse." While Isaac's closest upcoming project is "A Most Violent Year," it's likely that most will recognize his name from the casting announcement for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The actor has also had roles in "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Drive," "Sucker Punch" and more.

A young version of Apocalypse was introduced in the post-credits scene of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," pointing directly toward the sequel. The movie version of Apocalypse will reportedly be similar to his comic book counterpart as a mutant thousands of years old.

"One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants," Singer said in January. "What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?"

Isaac is the first confirmed new actor to board the project, joining series alums James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. The film, directed by Bryan Singer with a script by Simon Kinberg, is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.

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