Three years ago, nobody really knew who Oscar Isaac was. This was before he charmed audiences with a moving role in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), tore up the dancefloor in Ex Machina (2015) and built a new hero as Poe in the latest Star Wars film (2015). As an actor, the Guatemalan-American's been the envy of his male counterparts as he's starred alongside some of the most leading ladies in Hollywood today: Carey Mulligan, Jessica Chastain and Alicia Vikander. You're already gearing up to see him tear the X-Men apart as the villainous Apocalypse — but save the date for more of Isaac's comedic drama as he takes on even deliciously-meatier roles.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Hardly anything is known about the eight installment of the Star Wars series — in fact, for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actors were under strict rules by J.J. Abrams to not share their roles after they were being cast. For this next space epic, due in December 2017, details are mum too. Not even the title has been released, although we have seen some behind the scenes action — mostly of the cast mingling — on their respective social media accounts. Isaac reprises his role as Poe, and recently shared details of the upcoming flick, directed by Rian Johnson: "Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven't really been done in the Star Wars universe. For me, it's so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn't have expected in this universe. In some ways it feels like we're making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with — this kind of intimacy that we get to find — it's special."
After indie flick Revenge for Jolly!, screenwriter Brian Petsos and Isaac reunite for the short film, Lightningface. Described as an "origin story of sorts", we see Isaac as Basil Stitt, a man who locks himself in an apartment to undergo an personal journey. The film also stars Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, and will be released sometime this year. Watch the trailer below to see the actor lose his sh*t, beautifully.
Isaac steps into his native shoes in this political thriller. Playing a murdered Guatemalan man who arranges for videos of his killers to be distributed after his death, it's based on a story in a 2011 New Yorker article by David Grann, A Murder Fortold. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in local theates on 19 May. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.