Oscar Issac is set to play the main villain Apocalypse in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” In a recent interview with Matthew Sardo of the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast, the actor spoke about his preparation for the role. He has reportedly built an interesting angle to the character after thoroughly reading the script.
“Definitely focusing on the fact he is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of god and that energy going in. We’re playing with that. What we are trying to do is make his philosophy and what his mission is, one that is both simple but also holds water, that really makes sense throughout the whole movie,” he said. He added that director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg have put keen effort into creating the unique character of Apocalypse.
According to comics, Apocalypse, aka En Sabah Nur, is an immortal mutant who has a genius-level intellect and an ability to manipulate molecular composition and energy. He gains his superpowers from terrorist Moses Magnum and he is possibly the first mutant to be born 5,000 years ago in Egypt. Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice created the character and it first appeared in “X-Factor” No. 5. It is not known whether Issac’s Apocalypse will have same origin.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is currently being shot in a Montreal studio. The film is a sequel to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is scheduled to be released May 27, 2016. The cast of the film also includes star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Olivia Munn. The story of the film has been written by Dan Harris , Michael Dougherty, Singer and Kinberg.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” made $748 million worldwide. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects and was also praised for its action sequences and story line.