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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Villain Role Goes To Oscar Isaac; Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld To Play Jean Grey

Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that Golden Globe nominated "Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac will play the villain role in the 2016 film "X-Men: Apocalypse," Deadline reported.

As the film's main villain, Isaac's character Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur regards himself as a god, tracks back to ancient times. Apocalypse is also the most dangerous enemy and the most powerful mutant the X-Men have ever encountered.

Isaac will join Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who are set to play Mystique/Raven, Beast/Hank McCoy, Quicksilver/Peter, Magneto/Erik Lensherr and Charles Xavier respectively.  

Before Isaac, "Thor: Dark World" actor Idris Elba and Brendan Pedder, who appeared in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," were rumored to play the villain role.

Inspire Entertainment and UTA represent Isaac, who will also appear in 2015 films "Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens" and "Ex Machina."

Also rumored to be in "X-Men: Apocalypse" are Channing Tatum and Hugh Jackman for the roles Gambit/Remy LeBeau and Wolverine/Logan respectively.

The actress to play young Jean Grey in the film has yet to be confirmed. Among those considered to play the role are "Maleficent" actress Elle Fanning, "If I Stay" star Chloe Moretz and "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, insiders told Movie Pilot.

No screen tests have been made yet for the role and Fanning is reportedly not interested in it.

The story of "X-Men: Apocalypse" was created by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. The film will be directed by Singer, who also directed "X-Men: Days of Future Past," with the script written by Kinberg.

Earlier this year, Kinberg told Hero Complex that "X-Men: Apocalypse" is a "global-disaster movie, Roland Emmerich-style" and is "another one of the great 'X-Men' storylines, which is cool."

Singer and Kinberg are also producing the film with Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker. The film is set to be released on May 27, 2016 and its production will start early in 2015.

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