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Oscar Isaac will reportedly play villain in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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Bryan Singer may have found the X-Men franchise's next great villain. Variety reports that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac is set to play the ancient mutant Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse, due out in May 2016. Isaac could soon join the likes Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender when the film starts shooting in April of next year.

Isaac may play the X-Men's most powerful foe yet

According to Variety, Apocalypse will be the most destructive film in the franchise to date — all too fitting considering its ultra-powerful, ancient Egyptian villain. Taking place in the 1980s, the movie may also feature younger versions of familiar X characters like Jean Grey, and tie together themes from all the films in the series. "These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago," said Singer back in March.

Casting Isaac is an interesting choice, especially since he's known for earthier fare like Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year. Apocalypse, on the other hand, is the kind of mutant who can alter his only molecular make-up and control technology with his mind. However, Isaac will also appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he'll soon enjoy a higher profile for his more fantastical work.