Oscar Isaac joins cast of Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi epic ‘Annihilation’

Following major roles in 'Star Wars' and 'X-Men', Isaac reunites with 'Ex-Machina' director

Oscar Isaac, who made a fan-favourite appearance as star pilot Poe Dameron in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is due to star in the hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller Annihilation.

Isaac joins an impressive cast including Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who make up the twelfth expedition to a mysterious part of the world called Area X, which has cost the lives of each of the 11 previous groups of scientists to attempt to explore it.

Isaac will be playing Portman’s husband, as she leads an all-female team on a tense journey to unlock its secrets over the course of a few days.

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Based on one of the most popular sci-fi novels of 2014, by acclaimed novellist Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation will be helmed by British director Alex Garland. Garland rose to fame in the late 90s, when his backpacking novel The Beach was made into a Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Since then, he’s written screenplays for such sci-fi classics as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. He made his directorial debut last year with Ex Machina – another thriller based on AI and androids, in which Isaac also featured.

That isn’t it for Isaac, who is also set to appear in May, playing the titular villain in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Apocalyse, albeit under heavier – and bluer – make-up than fans are usually used to seeing him in.

Yesterday (April 3) it was announced that he has been cast as Hamlet in an Off-Broadway production opening in June 2017. Isaac first made his name on stage, taking the lead role in another Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, in 2007.

Annihilation is due to be released at an unspecified date in 2017.

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