Oscar Isaac reunites with his Ex Machina director on Annihilation

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Mar 30, 2016

When you give the kind of performance that Oscar Isaac gave in Ex Machina, it only makes sense to work with that director again.

That's exactly what Isaac intends to do, as The Wrap reports that he has signed up to appear in writer/director Alex Garland's new movie, Annihilation. Isaac will play the husband of Natalie Portman's character, one of four women who are sent on an expedition into a mysterious coastal zone where our laws of nature either don't apply or don't exist.

In the novel by Jeff VanderMeer that the movie is based on, Portman's character, a biologist, narrates the story and recounts how her husband went on a previous mission into Area X and disappeared, only to suddenly surface in their kitchen months later with no memory of his expedition or how he got home. He later dies of cancer, along with the other members of his team.

In addition to Portman and Isaac, the cast includes Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the other three members of Portman's expedition, who undergo their own horrific experiences in Area X.

In Ex Machina, Isaac was outstanding as Nathan, the reclusive, eccentric and megalomaniacal scientist who creates an advanced female AI (Alicia Vikander) and recruits one of his employees (Domhnall Gleeson) to apply the Turing test to it. The acclaimed film was the directorial debut of Garland, who also wrote it and had previously written the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd.

Isaac is turning into quite the genre maven lately: He also starred as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is reprising the role at the moment in the now-filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. And in about two months, we'll see him as the title villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. It's great to hear he's going to be in Annihilation too, which doesn't yet have a release date but is on our must-see list for 2017.

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