movie news: Michael Fassbender to star in and co-produce Assassin’s Creed movie

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Assassin's Creed logoHe’s so hot right now.

After critically acclaimed roles in Prometheus, X-Men: First Class and Shame, comes the news today that Michael Fassbender has been attached to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie.

The film is to be based on the fantastically popular Assassin’s Creed game franchise by Ubisoft. Ubisoft had been in talks with Sony to produce the film however this announcement also states that Fassbender will be co-producing the project with his partner Conor McCaughan through DMC Film, with Ubisoft’s own film production company Ubisoft Motion Pictures. UMP was set up last year and will allow Ubisoft to retain more creative control over film adaptations of their games…

… I don’t think anyone can really argue that games companies shouldn’t have more control over their film adaptations. Especially given some of the horrendous films that have been foisted on us in the last 10 years. I’m looking at you Uwe Boll.

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is a series of open world action adventure game based both in the near future and various historical periods including the Renaissance, American Revolution and the Crusades.

The storyline of the games follow Desmond, a bartender in 2012 who, in the first game, is kidnapped by a large shadowy corporation called Abstergo. The corporation are aware of Desmond’s ties to a long line of prominent Assassins and force him to use the Animus, a device which allows him to relive his ancestor’s memories. Things get more complicated from there on in.

There’s no word on what role Fassbender will be playing but given the games spend a so much time in the historical periods rather than the near future, reasonable speculation says that he will be playing an Assassin rather than Desmond.

Watch this space…

Michael Fassbender cast in Assassin's Creed

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