Variety is reporting that Oscar Isaac has joined “Annihilation”. He will play the husband of Natalie Portman’s character.
Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina was already shaping up to be another incredible bit of original, cerebral sci-fi long before Oscar Isaac joined the cast. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s popular (but not too popular) 2014 Annihilation, the film already boasts an incredible cast featuring Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and star Natalie Portman. So Oscar Isaac is, really, just the frosting on this incredible cinematic cake. VaderMeer excitedly announced the news via Twitter.
Annihilation—the first book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy—follows an all-female expedition team as they explore a mysterious location called Area X. The women are known only by their professional names (the biologist, the psychologist, the surveyor, and the anthropologist) and, as you would hope in a movie from the director who brought you Ex Machina, strange and unexplainable things start happening. The biologist (Portman) is motivated to join the expedition because her husband (Isaac’s role, according to author VanderMeer) was a member of the previous team who all died mysteriously. So, yes, Isaac’s part will be small. He’s basically in the ghost-wife role made so popular by Leonardo DiCaprio movies.