By Esther Zuckerman
Updated November 24, 2014 at 07:48 PM EST

Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac will play the villain in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, EW has confirmed.

Fox confirmed that Isaac will take on the role of Apocalypse, an ancient immortal mutant intent on conquering the world.

The Wrap first reported that Isaac, who also has a role in J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take on the bad guy role in Bryan Singer’s follow up to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer told EW that “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”

The movie will take place in the 1980s and feature the younger versions of the X-Men mutants as played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender. It’s set to be released May 27, 2016.

Isaac also has the starring role in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, due out at the end of December.

X-Men: Apocalypse

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 143 minutes
  • Bryan Singer