For over two decades now, Oscar Isaac has been steadily making an impressive and unforgettable name for himself across the film industry with his versatile acting skills. He’s lent his talents to incredible films like Inside Llewyn Davis, and he’s also taken part in one of the biggest film franchises of all time with his portrayal of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Isaac’s last feature film to hit theaters was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, followed by his wife Elvira Lind’s Oscar-nominated short The Letter Room. Although his time flying high across a galaxy far, far away may be finished, he remains as busy as ever.
So what can audiences expect from Oscar Isaac over the course of the next few years?
The Card Counter
Paul Schrader’s crime drama The Card Counter stars Isaac as Tell, a man who just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Tye Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
Release Date: September 10
Scenes from a Marriage
Drama, love, and heartache await in HBO’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic Swedish miniseries, Scenes from a Marriage. Developed, written, and directed by Hagai Levi, this limited series will re-examine the original’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
Isaac will lead opposite Jessica Chastain. The two previously played a married couple in the 2014 film A Most Violent Year.
Release Date: September (HBO, HBO Max)
The Addams Family 2
Isaac reprises his role as Gomez Addams in the sequel to the 2019 animated film The Addams Family.
The Addams Family 2 will find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin IT, as well as many new kooky characters.
Release Date: October 1
Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 hit science fiction novel is just on the horizon.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Isaac will portray Duke Leto, father to Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides.
Release Date: October 22 (theaters and HBO Max)
Big Gold Brick
Written and directed by Brian Petsos, Big Gold Brick recounts the story of fledgling writer Samuel Liston and his experiences with Floyd Deveraux, the enigmatic, middle-aged father of two who enlists Samuel to write his biography. But the circumstances that lead up to this arrangement in the first place are quite astonishing, and efforts to write the biography are quickly stymied by ensuing chaos in this darkly comedic, genre-bending film.
Big Gold Brick stars Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen, Megan Fox, Lucy Hale and Oscar Isaac. Isaac will portray a character named Anselm.
Release Date: 2022
One of Isaac’s most highly anticipated roles is currently in production right now. The upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight will see Isaac return to world of Marvel Comics adaptations, although this time we can assume he’ll be far more recognizable than X-Men: Apocalypse‘s En Sabah Nur. Now, Isaac will be stepping into the shoes of the superhero Marc Spector. After much heated speculation, Isaac himself finally confirmed his role in the series this past May.
Directed by Mohamed Diab, Moon Knight is an action-packed adventure that features a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters who appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography.
Other known cast members include Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy.
Release Date: We’re hoping to see a 2022 release date for this series, but are still awaiting an official timeline from Marvel Studios and Disney+.
Francis and the Godfather
Isaac is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Barry Levinson’s Francis and the Godfather, a drama that will detail the legendary and wild battles that historically led up to the creation of the 1972 classic The Godfather. The actors will portray Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans, respectively.
Meanwhile, Elle Fanning will portray the then-wife of Evans, Ali MacGraw, while Elisabeth Moss will play Eleanor Coppola.
Release Date: Unknown
Metal Gear Solid adaptation
A Metal Gear Solid film adaptation is in the works, based on Hideo Kojima’s critically acclaimed video game that first landed on the PlayStation console in 1998. Isaac will portray the protagonist, Snake. The film is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Derek Connolly.
Ironically enough, during a roundtable hosted by IGN for Netflix’s 2019 film Triple Frontier, the cast of the film was asked which video game-turned-film they would want to be a part of. Isaac specifically tossed his metaphorical hat into the ring for this very role.
Release Date: Unknown (but in the meantime, check out BossLogic’s mock-up of Isaac as Snake from 2018!)
Written and directed by James Gray, Armageddon Time is a coming-of-age story about growing up in Queens in the 1980s. Isaac is set to star alongside Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Anne Hathaway, and Cate Blanchett.
Release Date: Unknown
London is an upcoming film directed by Ben Stiller, with a script from Eric Roth, that will be adapted from a new short story/high-concept thriller by crime author Jo Nesbo. Though minimal information is known about the film at this time, Isaac has been confirmed to star in it, and he will also serve as a producer alongside Stiller.
Release Date: Unknown
The Great Machine
Isaac is set to star in and produce an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’ comic book series Ex Machina (yes, the irony!), which follows the life of Mitchell Hundred — the mayor of New York City and the world’s first and only superhero. Isaac will portray the titular character.
This will mark Isaac’s second role as a New York mayor, having previously portrayed Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko in HBO’s limited series Show Me a Hero.
Release Date: Unknown
Although it’s not a film, the upcoming supernatural noir graphic novel Head Wounds: Sparrow bears mentioning as well, as it’s yet another item on Isaac’s very full plate. Last summer, it was announced during Legendary Comics‘ Comic-Con@Home virtual panel that Isaac is developing this original graphic novel with his production company, Mad Gene Media, alongside film producer Jason Spire.
The story will follow Leo Guidry, a bad person and an even worse cop. When he suffers a psychic head wound, his life on the edge slips into spiritual warfare. In a landscape of angels, devils, and everything in between, can a person utterly devoid of empathy find a way to overcome the forces of darkness that have infiltrated his reality?
Written by New York Times’ best-selling writer Brian Buccellato and featuring art by Christian Ward, the story for Head Wounds: Sparrow comes from Isaac’s childhood friends Bob Johnson and John Alvey. Pre-order information is not yet available.
So, needless to say, Isaac quite literally encompasses the definition of “booked and busy” right now. While we patiently wait for each of these projects to release, join us in looking back on some of his most memorable roles with our spotlight pieces Oscar Isaac: More Than Just Poe Dameron and Bingeworthy: Oscar Isaac Edition.
In the meantime, we’ll also be keeping our fingers crossed for another live musical performance from Isaac sometime in the near future. You can check out our recap of his 2019 show at The Appel Room in New York City here.
In November 2020, Oscar Isaac and Elvira Lind officially announced Mad Gene Media, their New York-based multi media production company that focuses on brave, powerful, and diverse storytelling across different platforms. Make sure to check out their website and follow them on Instagram!