Deadline.com — 20th Century Fox has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse! Isaac, stellar in Inside Llewyn Davis, will next be seen opposite Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. In X-Men, he plays the most powerful mutant ever and the most menacing foe the X-Men have ever faced. Tracks back to ancient times. The main villain of the film. Considers himself a god. From the look of the comic character, Isaac’s going to have to do some benching.
Bryan Singer is back as director, helming a script by Simon Kinberg from a story written by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing with Kinberg and Hutch Parker. Emma Watts and Daria Cercek will oversee for the studio. Production begins early next year, for May 27, 2016 release. Isaac, who’s part of the gang relaunching Star Wars, is repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.
HollywoodReporter.com — Based on the book by Lisa Belkin, six-hour mini “Show Me a Hero” marks “The Wire” and “Treme” alum’s latest exploration of race in America.
The premium cable network has greenlit miniseries Show Me a Hero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Crash’s Paul Haggis will direct, with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) attached to star in the six-hour entry.
Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y. Simon and William F. Zorzi will pen the script and executive produce alongside Nina Noble, Gail Mutrux and Haggis, who will direct via The Wire creator’s A Blown Deadline banner.
Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Isaac will star as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy. Keener will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.
Movies.Yahoo.com — After Harrison Ford’s recent on set injury, it looks as though newcomer Oscar Isaac will be getting an extended role in ‘Star Wars VII’.
It’s been an uncertain time on the ‘Star Wars’ set lately, after Harrison Ford’s ankle injury caused the 71-year-old star to be pulled out of the production for the foreseeable future. But with rumours that he could shoot some scenes from the waist up, is he really up to it? It looks as though he may have his duties shipped out to another actor, with Oscar Isaac tipped to get an extended role…
According to NY Post, the 35-year-old ‘Star Wars’ newcomer will take on an extended role in the upcoming sequel due to Harrison Ford’s recent injury. “Hollywood sources say that star Oscar Isaac’s role in the movie is being expanded,” they revealed. “After Ford was injured on the sci-fi epic’s set, spies say Isaac’s part is now being extended as a Plan B.”
Of course, details of Isaac’s role have been kept tightly under wraps since he was announced as part of the new cast back in April. But with speculation that he could take on the role of Han Solo’s son, it sounds as though beefing up his role in the film to take over from Harrison Ford is probably a good idea.
For Oscar Isaac, getting a part in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is literally a childhood dream come true.
HollywoodReporter.com — “Star Wars is a huge part of my family,” Isaac told the British Sunday Times newspaper, saying that he “could not be more excited” to be part of the space opera series. “Collecting toys, throwing themed parties. We had a big one for Return of the Jedi. I came as a gonk droid.”
He also had some words about his Star Wars director. “There are some big movies that are quite good. And interesting, and have interesting stories,” he said. “I think one person in particular is J.J., J.J. Abrams. He makes really good stories. He puts a lot of heart into them. They don’t feel like they’re just exploitive.”
The interview took place two days before Isaac’s Star Wars casting was officially announced, leading to the actor making somewhat obtuse comments about “understand[ing] some secrecy with certain films, not wanting to let [information] out.” He said that some movies “have the element of the unknown, and I think it is very important.” Perhaps that’s a subtle way of his saying that we shouldn’t expect to hear too many more details about the movie for awhile yet.
Star Wars: Episode VII is currently in production for a December 2015 release.
StarWars.com — The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.