Following last week’s announcement that Legendary Entertainment would be taking on Brian K Vaughan’s Ex Machina and adapting it into a feature film (titled The Great Machine), the project seems to be well underway already: it’s already found its star in Oscar Isaac.
Isaac is known for starring in films like Ex Machina (ha), Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year and Annihilation. He also played Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise and En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse.
For those unfamiliar with Vaughan’s comic book series, it follows the life of Mitchell Hundred (also known as the Great Machine, hence the new title), the world’s first and only superhero. In the wake of his actions during 9/11, he is elected Mayor of New York City. The story is set during his time in office, and is interwoven with flashbacks to his old life as the Great Machine.
According to THR, Isaac will be taking on the role of Mitchell Hundred/The Great Machine, but he’s also set to produce the film alongside his manager and producer Jason Spire. The pair previously worked together to produce MGM’s Operation Finale. Vaughan is set to produce as well.
Vaughan’s other popular works include Y: The Last Man, Saga, Runaways and Paper Girl. He is also involved in TV, and was the showrunner and executive producer of CBS’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s Under The Dome. The Great Machine is part of Vaughan’s huge overall deal with Legendary.
Seberg and The Aftermath‘s Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel have reportedly been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming film. Vaughan will serve as a producer but a director is yet to be hired.
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