Michael Fassbender Joins ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie as Actor & Producer

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Michael Fassbender cast in Assassins Creed Movie

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been one of the major tent-pole series in the gaming industry for the past five years. Hitting its stride with Assassin’s Creed 2and its subsequent sequels, by telling the story of Ezio Auditore as well as fleshing out the original protagonist Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, Ubisoft’s gaming gem is still picking up steam – heading for a major payoff with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3 (set in the American Revolution).

Last year, Ubisoft invested resources to launch Ubisoft Motion Pictures in an attempt to bring some of the company’s games to film, television and other digital projects. According to a report, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class and Prometheus) has been cast as the lead in Ubisoft Motion Picture’s future Assassin’s Creed film.

Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures, told Variety that Michael Fassbender was at the top of their list to be cast in the yet-unnamed role.

“Michael Fassbender was our first choice” to play the franchise’s iconic hooded hero. Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”

Ubisoft executives, who originally tried to negotiate a deal with Sony to bring the gaming franchise to the big screen, are now developing the film independently in an attempt to maintain a firmer grasp on creative control. Ubisoft Motion Pictures could still go to Sony to distribute the project – considering they already registered many Assassin’s Creed movie domains – but Baronnett said those talks will not take place until after a director and writer have been named.

“We’re open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized. Whatever the financial model, Ubisoft Motion Pictures will limit its risk investment.”

The main question for fans of the games is: who exactly will Fassbender play? Baronnet claims that he’ll play the franchise’s iconic hooded hero, but considering that Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released before this film ever sees the light of day, that gives UMP three different “iconic hooded heroes” to choose from Altaïr, Ezio, or Connor,  not to mention Desmond – who represents the core narrative through-line for all three characters.

Fassbender is extremely versatile, though if the film follows the story of the games on a chronological path, it’s hard to buy into the actor portraying Altair or Desmond (forget about Ezio) considering the apparent age differences, but the story could be tweaked. Considering that UMP is retaining much of the creative control of the film, instead of Sony, hopefully they will do justice to their own character – i.e the entire point of the studio developing the UMP brand.

Ranters, do you like the choice of Michael Fassbender playing someone in an Assassin’s Creed film? Should the film follow the games very closely?

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Source: Variety

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed 3, Ubisoft

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  • tocooltobetrue

    as long as they keep the core story and feeling that makes assassins creed assassins creed then the movie will do fine i completely expect them to make the movie a bit different from the game as they should after all part of the fun of playing the game is the killing and the free-running while the other side is the story so i can see them adding and taking a few things out but as long as they keep the main them of the story and dont change it to much it will do just fine.

  • SeabeeGR

    His popularity will skyrocket even more if he plays as the leading role. Though i’m hoping a great script and director is formulated to make this a awesome movie.

    • ATG

      I wonder what directors could make a great AC movie… hmmmm…

  • ATG

    Ranters, do you like the choice of Michael Fassbender playing someone in an Assassin’s Creed film?

    Yes, he is a very good actor and I enjoy his movies. I think he can play an assassin fairly well. I don’t think they should reenact Altair, Ezio, or Connor. The movie should follow it’s own path but have nods in the film to the game characters. If they try to make the games’ protaganists then too many fans will probably be disappointed. I know I would be disappointed if they couldn’t capture the characters right so I’d prefer they select a brand-new character and storyline for the film.

    Should the film follow the games very closely?

    No, but little easter eggs would be nice! New character and story-line set in the same universe. Game-Movies typically don’t work because they follow the game TOO closely. Look at Rocksteady’s Batman to Nolan’s Batman, both are excellent because they follow their own respective paths while staying true to the source material.

  • fanofgames

    I could see him playing a good ezio/desmond

  • fanofgames

    I could see him playing a good ezio/desmond.

  • D

    Chris Nolan as Director,Please?

    • Matt Rowland

      This isn’t a project that I can see Nolan doing, but nothing would honestly surprise me at this point.


      • Lifer

        Your crazy or something Nolan would be a great pick for this movie, BUT Nolan himself said he is wanting to move on from these kind of movies that are dark.

        • D

          Yeah,I doubt he would do it but I think he would be great.

  • Lifer

    If I had my pic, It would be Ridley Scott.