X-Men: Apocalypse’s Oscar Isaac Talks Assembling His Horsemen

If there’s one thing that the X-Men villain Apocalypse is known for, it’s his four horsemen made up of former members of the hero team. The group was previously teased in the post-credit scene of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and in a recent interview with IGN, Oscar Isaac (who will play the titular villain) opened up about the recruitment of the horsemen as seen in the film.

“Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool,” he said. “It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horseman….On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think to reveal the weakness – how weak we’ve become. Because this is an ancient entity. So to come to – I think 1983 – and say, ‘How did the world become so weak? How did we allow ourselves to become to weak and to enslave ourselves.’ I think that’s where he’s coming from.”

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star was also asked if he was excited about playing a character with a number of different forms, to which he replied:

“Absolutely. And at the same time figuring out what the limits are and how it relates to how he moves and what it costs him. That’s always a fun thing. So to be able to sit with [writer/producer] Simon Kinberg and – as a fan – just go through it and be like, ‘Well what about this!?! You know, this is something that he does in the comics and is there a way to incorporate this? Or if he has this power suddenly how do we make that not come out of nowhere?’ So it’s really fun to map that thing out. But yes, the nature of how his powers manifest themselves is to a certain extent quite open to interpretation. Because there are so many and they are so vast.”

Isaac will star opposite an enormous ensemble in the film, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne as their “First Class” characters. In addition, “Apocalypse” will see the return of Evan Peters as Quicksilver and newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. The film is written by Simon Kinberg from a treatment by Mike Dougherty, Dan Harris and Kinberg.

Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.