Oscar Isaac had what one might call a quality problem while filming his relatively brief but crucial role in director Alex Garland's Annihilation: he was also shooting a little picture called Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the same time. But he did manage to get an early glimpse of Garland's vision for this psychedelic sci-fi/horror hybrid along the way.
"I saw an early version of the film before we did some additional photography, so I did get to see a version of the whole thing finished," Isaac tells SYFY WIRE. "I'm very excited to see the final version of the film."
Isaac plays Kane, the leader of a doomed military expedition into a mysterious phenomenon known as Area X that has encased an unnamed North American coastal region and is changing everything trapped within its perimeter. Missing for months, Kane unexpectedly shows up at his own house as the only survivor of the mission -- prompting his wife, a biologist named Lena (Natalie Portman), to explore the zone as part of a new team and learn what happened to Kane and his men.
Isaac and Garland spoke with SYFY WIRE about seeing Kane before and after his visit beyond the Shimmer (the border between the "normal" world and Area X), the different versions of the character, using practical effects as much as possible and more. Annihilation is out this Friday (February 23).
Additional material by Don Kaye.