Oscar Isaac Reteaming with Alex Garland for ANNIHILATION

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 31 March 2016

Movie News

Having teamed together for the stunning Ex Machina, it looks as if Alex Garland and Oscar Isaac will be reteaming for the upcoming Annihilation.

The news comes courtesy of a Tracking Board report claiming that the actor has signed on for the adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel. If that is indeed the case, Isaac joins a cast that currently includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson.

For Isaac, this is just one more project that again sees his star on the rise. Having wowed in the likes of Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year and the fantastic Ex Machina, the 37-year-old’s career has skyrocketed with his turn as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then later this year he’ll be seen playing the titular rogue in X-Men: Apocalypse.

As for Garland, having had success by penning the scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and the hugely-enjoyable Dredd, the writer made his directorial debut with one of last year’s finest movies, Ex Machina.

The official plot of Annihilation is described as:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

As ever, expect more on all of this as and when it develops.

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