Oscar Isaac, who first rose to fame as the Marvel villain Apokolypse in 2016’s X-Men: Apokolypse, and then as Poe Dameron in the Star Wars movies, will officially star in Marvel and Disney+’s Moon Knight series.
Isaac had been in talks with Marvel Studios to appear in the upcoming Moon Knight series on Disney+ seven months ago, but now we can finally report that rumor has become fact, and that the 42-year-old Isaac is now confirmed to headline the project.
The confirmation comes in the form of a tweet from Marvel Studios featuring Isaac before a number of comic book illustrations of the Moon Knight character, proclaiming, “‘WE ARE MOONKNIGHT’ – Oscar Isaac” — a tip of the hat to the fact that Isaac’s character — elite soldier and mercenary Marc Spector — has multiple, distinctive personalities, which he develops after he becomes the embodiment of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.
It is not clear why Marvel took so long to confirm the casting of Oscar Isaac in the role, and because of their hesitation, many entertainment news outlets have been reluctant to publish stories about the possibility. That said, this tweet is the first official word from the studio.
This will be the actor’s second swing at an Egyptian-based Marvel character, after he played Apocalypse in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” for 20th Century Fox.
Isaac will next appear in the sci-fi epic “Dune” for Warner Bros, before beginning his acting duties on the new series.
Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote Netflix’s series adaptation of The Umbrella Academy comic books, has been tapped along with Mohamed Diab to be head writers for new Disney streaming series. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will be directing.
The six episode project was set to begin shooting in Hungary in March, with a planned release in the latter half of 2022.
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