Oscar Isaac Signs On For Sc-Fi Adventure ‘Annihilation’

Oscar Issac has signed on to yet another science fiction movie, although his newest project, Annihilation, is about as different from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as you can get while still staying in the genre. Instead of playing a character who is flying a space ship a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away, Oscar Isaac’s next science fiction flick will take place on a future version of Earth. The movie is based on a popular book written by Jeff VanderMeer and centers around a part of the Earth that has been walled off for the better part of three decades.

This area, better known as Area X, has long been a place of great wonder and mystery, as many teams of explorers have been sent into the area and come back with a wide range of odd side effects. The story Oscar Isaac will take part in is the first of a trilogy and centers on four women, representing the 12th expedition into Area X, who will attempt to tame this part of the planet once and for all.

How does Oscar Isaac fit into this picture since the main cast is going to be all female? NME is reporting Oscar Isaac will appear as the husband to one of the members of the star-studded cast. Oscar Isaac will be married to Natalie Portman, who plays a biologist.

Oscar Isaac with his Ex Machina Costar

Oscar Isaac has been building quite the resume as a science fiction superstar. Whether this is intentional or simply a byproduct of the roles he’s offered, if there is a star-studded sci-fi story heading to the big screen, it seems as though Oscar Isaac is going to have some role in that film. The Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac burst into the public eye thanks to his role as the alcoholic, megalomaniacal Steve Jobs type in Ex Machina. He will also be hitting the big screen again this summer in X-Men: Apocalypse as the titular villain in that film.

Isaac has shown in these roles that he has the ability to play either the good guy or the bad guy, and it’s yet to be seen just how his character will turn out in Annihilation. Annihilation will give Oscar Isaac plenty of talented stars to work with. In addition to Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, who is best known as the star of the CW network show Jane the Virgin, is joining the cast as well. Continuing her recent career resurgence, Jennifer Jason Leigh will play one of the main characters as well. Also headed into Area X is Tessa Thompson.

Oscar Isaac sits with Michael Fassbender on Comic Con panel

One interesting aspect of Annihilation is that all the other parties who have ventured into Area X have come back changed in some way. Some people have found the area to be almost perfect, while others have described horrors living in the location. Quite a few of the people who went on the trek into Area X lost their minds shortly after returning. One has to wonder if we’ll see a definite change in the relationship between Oscar Isaac and Natalie Portman’s characters.

Not every picture Oscar Isaac stars in is going to have some sort of science fiction bent to it. It was recently announced the up-and-comer will also take the starring role as Hamlet in a limited run of the Shakespeare play over the summer of 2017. We don’t yet know when we will be able to see Oscar Isaac in Annihilation, but the film is supposed to start shooting this summer.

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