Upon doing the press rounds for his upcoming sci-fi film, Ex Machina, it was almost inevitable that star Oscar Isaac would be quizzed on his role as the titular big bad in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. And quizzed he was, by Yahoo Movies on this occasion, who asked the actor about the visual representation of his arch mutant character.
Interestingly, the A Most Violent Year actor revealed that the production will utilize a mixture of both practical and digital effects, as opposed to sticking with pure motion capture a la Joss Whedon’s recreation of the Hulk. Given Isaac’s dramatic chops, this is an exciting decision indeed, and one that will hopefully lend a tangible gravitas to the ancient mutant himself.
“It’ll be a mix [of practical and digital],” said Isaac. “I haven’t had a script so I haven’t had a chance to look through the script and see what the exact requirements are, but I think it’ll be a mixture of physical, aided with some robotic technology.
After we finish here I’m heading to do a head cast [for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’], which they do often. You spend 3-4 hours with them putting plaster all over your head and they get a sense of what your face is like and what shape your head is, so they can start figuring out the costume and the make up and all that stuff, which is pretty fun.”
Isaac is expected to join the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult but, crucially, not Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan when production gets underway in Montreal this April.
X-Men: Apocalypse is on course for a release on May 27, 2016. For now, tell us, are you excited to see Singer and Isaac’s visualization of the foreboding villain? Let us know below.