Michael Fassbender will co-produce and star in Assassin’s Creed movie

Yes, that Fassbender

From one iconic piece of headgear to another – Michael Fassbender will don the cowl of an Assassin in the big-screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s acclaimed series. It doesn’t stop there, though – he’ll also be co-producing the movie, through his DMC Film label, alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures. Hopefully, this means that the Fass is aware of the…less-than-stellar history of game-based movies, and subscribes to the whole ‘If you want something done right…’ school of thought.

Details are few and far between at this stage, although we do have the following tidbit from Variety – the story “revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret [organization] with ties to the Knight Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.” So, basically Assassin’s Creed then.

The CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures reveals that Fassbender was their ‘first choice’ to play the lead role. That makes sense; really, at this point, it’s probably worth questioning your reasoning if Fassbender isn’t your first choice for anything ever.

Let’s not forget that this is merely the latest salvo in Fassbender’s relentless assault upon the geek consciousness. Besides his aforementioned portrayal of Magneto, he’s had roles in Band of Brothers, 300, Inglourious Basterds and Prometheus. Any way you slice it, that’s an impressive resume; which is partly the reason I feel slightly more optimistic about this than I would’ve otherwise. Yes, Hollywood adaptations of games have had a chequered history, but Fassbender might just break that cycle. Ah well, we’ll have to wait and see; and, given that this has only just been announced, we’ll be doing a lot of the former before we get a chance at the latter.

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About Arjun Sukumaran

Oh, impatient and unsubtle man!

Posted on July 9, 2012, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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