12.03.13

Oscar Isaac signed to replace Javier Barden in the upcoming ‘A Most Violent Year’, which will be directed by ‘All Is Lost’ director J.C. Chandor.

“It’s really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard,” Chandor added. “And he literally is this character,” the filmmaker said of the actor, who was born in Guatemala to a Guatemalan mother and Cuban father who immigrated to America and raised him in Miami.

Isaac, who is earning raves for his performance in the Coen Brothers-helmed Llewyn Davis, has seen his stock rise in recent months, fielding a flurry of plum role offers. He recently turned down the role of Ramses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus.

Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb are producing A Most Violent Year, which is based on an original screenplay by Chandor. [THR]

Set in 1981, when violence and corruption in New York City ran rampant, story follows the ambitious owner of an oil company who must protect his business and his family from his competitors as they violently try to run him out of business. The film finds him and his wife crossing paths with high-powered lawyers, wealthy bankers, dangerous teamsters and a shady district attorney.

Participant Media is planning to finance the film, which is expected to start production in January in New York. FilmNation is handling worldwide sales.