Now, the actor's trying something he's never really taken on before: the romantic lead. Variety reports that Isaac has signed on to star in Walden Media's "When I Rise," a drama that focuses on the educational crisis in the U.S. at the moment. The film focuses on two mothers, played by Playlist favorites Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, who decide to transform the struggling inner city school that their children attend.
Isaac will play Gyllenhaal's love interest, Michael Raymond, a "sexy, ukulele-playing teacher," a character description which hasn't stopped being hilarious in the 18 hours since we first heard it. It's not a bad premise, exactly, and we like the casting so far, but we're not expecting much here: Walden Media's track record is weak, "Bridge to Terabithia" aside, and "Beastly" director Daniel Barnz is directing. Filming starts next week, and 20th Century Fox will put the finished product out sometime in 2012.