Oscar Isaac has been a part of box office hits and iconic franchises, whether he is portraying a hero or a villain. From taking on the role of supporting actors to making an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring in the titular role of ‘Moon Knight’ in a new Disney Plus series releasing on March 30.
Let’s take a look at some of Oscar Isaac’s performances in amazing films and TV series!
Admired for his acting and his beard, in Oscar Isaac’s most recent sci-fi film, he was a Space dad. He portrayed the role of Duke Leto Atreides I, father to Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet, ‘Little Women’, ‘Beautiful Boy’). Paul is a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe in this movie based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel ‘Dune’.
In this film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, Chalamet’s Paul must ensure the future of his family and his people. However, malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence. Only those who can conquer their own fear will survive in this film, which will see its sequel ‘Dune: Part Two’ in theaters on October 20, 2023.
The cast of ‘Dune’ (2021) includes Zendaya (‘Euphoria’), Rebecca Ferguson (‘Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation’, ‘The Greatest Showman’), Jason Momoa (‘Aquaman’, ‘Game of Thrones’), Stellan Skarsgård (‘Chernobyl’, ‘Mamma Mia!’), Dave Bautista (‘Army of the Dead’) and Javier Bardem (‘Skyfall’, ‘No Country for Old Men’).
Show Me A Hero (2015)
Oscar Isaac won the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television at the Golden Globes in 2016. He was also nominated for two Golden Globe awards – one for his role in ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ in 2022 and another for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ in 2014. Oscar Isaac portrayed the role of Nick Wasicsko, who took office as mayor of Yonkers in 1987.
He is entrusted with the responsibility of building public housing in the white, middle-class side of town. This eventually leads to conflicts and tears the city apart. This HBO series also stars Alfred Molina (‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Frida’), Winona Ryder (‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Stranger Things’), Catherine Keener (‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’, ‘Get Out’), Jon Bernthal (‘The Punisher’, ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘King Richard’), and LaTanya Richardson (‘The Watsons Go To Birmingham’), among others.
Ex Machina (2014)
In Alex Garland’s 2014 film ‘Ex Machina’, Isaac plays the role of CEO Nathan Bateman. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson, ‘Peter Rabbit’) is a programmer at a huge Internet company in the film. Smith wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Bateman, who is his firm’s brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander, ‘Tomb Raider’).
Ava is a beautiful robot, but it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined. The film features Sonoya Mizuno (‘Annihilation’), Symara A. Templeman (‘Pennyworth’), Claire Selby, Gana Bayarsaikhan (‘Intelligence’), and Tiffany Pisani, among others.
The Card Counter (2021)
Oscar Isaac transforms into a gambler for Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter’. His character in the 2021 film is called William Tell. Tell is an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. The film offers fascinating performances by the cast, which, apart from Oscar Isaac, includes Tye Sheridan (‘Ready Player One’), Tiffany Haddish (‘Girls Trip’, ‘The Afterparty’), Willem Dafoe (‘The Lighthouse’, ‘American Psycho’), Ekaterina Baker, and Amye Gousset (‘The Gift’).
Find ‘The Card Counter’ on: Amazon
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ sees Oscar Isaac as a supervillain Apocalypse, who has been a god since the dawn of civilization. The immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. When he awakens after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender, ‘Prometheus’, ‘12 Years A Slave’). He also recruits other mutants to create a new world order.
The fate of the Earth hangs in the balance. It is up to Professor X (James McAvoy, ‘Atonement’, ‘It Chapter 2’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Passengers’) to lead a team of young X-Men. This is to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.
Find ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on: Disney Plus | AMC on Demand
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Critics adored this 2013 film, wherein Isaac portrayed the role of the folk singer Llewyn Davis. The emotions the star carried in his eyes were fitting for the role (and who could possibly forget the cat). And that is why Isaac was perfect for the part. It is set in 1961 New York City, where folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads with guitar in hand. Davis struggles against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to make a name for himself in the music world.
However, so far, success remains elusive for the singer. He relies on the kindness of both friends and strangers and embarks on an odyssey that takes him from the streets of Greenwich Village to a Chicago club. At the club, a music mogul awaits him who could give him the big break that he desperately needs. The films also stars Carey Mulligan (‘Promising Young Woman’, ‘The Great Gatsby’), John Goodman (‘Roseanne’), Adam Driver (‘House of Gucci’, ‘Marriage Story’), Garrett Hedlund (‘Triple Frontier’, ‘Modern Love’), and F. Murray Abraham (‘Scarface’), among others.
Find ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ on: Amazon Prime Video
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
This beautifully animated 2018 film sees a Brooklyn teenager getting bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway. He then suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man, and then he meets Peter Parker! Miles, then, soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents and he must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin.
The Kingpin is a hulking madman. He can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world in this film titled ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. Oscar Isaac did voice acting for this film alongside actors including Jake Johnson (‘New Girl’), Shameik Moore (‘Dope’, ‘The Get Down’), Hailee Steinfeld (‘Hawkeye’, ‘Dickinson’), Nicolas Cage (‘Pig’, ‘Face/Off’), Mahershala Ali (‘Green Book’, ‘Moonlight’), and Zoë Kravitz (‘The Batman’, ‘Big Little Lies’).
Find ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ on: Amazon | AMC on Demand
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Oscar Isaac has starred in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. The 2015 film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is set in thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire. The galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver, ‘Marriage Story’, ‘Girls’) and the First Order. A defector named Finn (John Boyega, ‘Detroit’) crash-lands on a desert planet. He meets Rey (Daisy Ridley, ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map, and together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
They do this to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights in this movie that raked over $936 million at the box office in North America. Isaac starred as a Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, in the trilogy. The film also starred the late Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie (‘Game of Thrones’), Andy Serkis (‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’), Lupita Nyong’o (‘Black Panther’, ‘12 Years A Slave’), and Anthony Daniels, among others.
Find ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ on: Disney Plus | AMC on Demand
Star Wars: Resistance (2018)
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is not Isaac’s only voice-acting gig, he also lent his voice to ‘Star Wars: Resistance’. It is a Star Wars animated series, wherein Resistance Commander Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) recruits a Young New Republic pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) for a secret mission on Colossus (an aircraft refueling station on the ocean planet of Castilon) to spy on the First Order to foil its sinister initiatives.
Watch ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ on: Disney Plus
A Most Violent Year (2014)
‘A Most Violent Year’ sees Oscar Isaac in the role of an ambitious immigrant who is a fuel supplier in New York in 1981. He tries to adhere to his own moral compass and fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history as there is rampant violence, corruption and decay that threaten them. This 2014 film has been written and directed by J.C. Chandor.
Its cast includes Jessica Chastain (‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’), David Oyetokunbo (‘Selma’), Albert Brooks (‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Defending Your Life’), Alessandro Nivola (‘Face/Off’), and Christopher Abbott (‘The Sinner’, ‘Girls’).
Find ‘A Most Violent Year’ on: Amazon
Scenes From A Marriage (2021)
The second time Oscar Isaac starred alongside the ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ star Jessica Chastain was in the HBO TV Series ‘Scenes From A Marriage’, an adaptation of Ingar Bergmann’s 1973 Swedish TV miniseries. The series examines the original’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
This 2011 movie follows Driver (Ryan Gosling, ‘La la Land’, ‘The Notebook’), a skilled Hollywood stuntman. He moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Although he is projecting an icy exterior, Driver warms up to a pretty neighbor named Irene (Carey Mulligan, (‘Promising Young Woman’, ‘The Great Gatsby’’) and her young son, Benicio.
When Irene’s husband gets out of jail, he enlists Driver’s help in a million-dollar heist but the job goes horribly wrong. Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery in this film also starring Albert Brooks (‘Broadcast News’), Bryan Cranston (‘Breaking Bad’), Christina Hendricks (‘Good Girls’, ‘Mad Men’), Ron Perlman (‘Sons of Anarchy’) with Oscar Isaac as Standard.
Find ‘Drive’ on: Amazon | AMC on Demand
Alex Garland’s 2018 film ‘Annihilation’ casts Oscar Isaac as Kane, wherein Lena (Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X. Area X is a “sinister and mysterious phenomenon.” It is expanding across the American coastline, and once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures.
As dangerous as it is beautiful, these threaten both their lives and their sanity in the film also starring Gina Rodriguez (‘Jane The Virgin’), Jennifer Jason Leigh (‘Atypical’), Tessa Thompson (‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Creed’), Tuva Novotny (‘Blindsone’), and Benedict Wong (‘Doctor Strange’), among others.
Find ‘Annihilation’ on: Paramount Plus | FX Now
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