‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac to play villain in next ‘X-Men’ movie

Isaac has reportedly signed a deal to play the baddie that gives 'X-Men: Apocalypse' its title

Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac has reportedly joined the cast of the next X-Men film.

According to Variety, the 35-year-old actor has signed a deal to play the infamous comic book villain that gives X-Men: Apocalypse its title. If the report is true, Isaac will have landed roles in both the new Star Wars and X-Men movies.

Bryan Singer was confirmed to return as director for X-Men: Apocalypse back in September. Singer was also behind the camera for the first two X-Men films and this year’s Days Of Future Past, which became the franchise’s most successful performer yet, taking $746 million (£475 million) at the worldwide box office. It merged the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from director Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 instalment X-Men: First Class in a time-travelling race to save humanity.

Singer is set to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse next spring for a scheduled release date of May 27, 2016. Key X-Men cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are all expected to reprise their roles from the last two films in the series.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this month (November) that Kick-Ass actress Chloe Moretz is in the running to play young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, while EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is said to be in contention to take on the role of young Cyclops.