With the news of up and coming film actor Michael Fassbender signing on as principal actor and producer for an Assassin’s Creed adaptation also comes questions as to who Fassbender might be playing in the sure-to-be-blockbuster movie. While the obvious choice would be Desmond Miles, the character at the center of the Assassin’s Creed franchise — the one who experiences his ancestor’s memories through a device known as the animus — that might not necessarily be true.
If Fassbender were to play Desmond Miles that would suggest another actor would be up for the role of the titular assassin in Assassin’s Creed, if the movie were to follow the format of the games. Sure, Fassbender could pull double duty as both ancestor and descendant, but done in the wrong way, it could be seen as a little goofy, and very off-putting.
So, that leaves Fassbender potentially playing the role of either Desmond or playing the role of an assassin, hopefully one of German or British descent. But even that isn’t a given, as a representative for Ubisoft says they aren’t yet willing to comment on the character Fassbender is playing.
Joystiq reached out to Ubisoft and was told that Fassbender will, in fact, be playing the lead role in the film, “but it’s too soon to say exactly which character that will be.” The phrasing of that response insinuates that the character Fassbender will embody is one that gamers are familiar with, but it also could simply mean a script isn’t completely ironed out.
Beyond just the three Assassin’s Creed main iterations, the series has seen several offshoots released as well, including a set of graphic novels, most of which do not feature Desmond Miles at their center. Even now, with the introduction of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation‘s new female protagonist, Ubisoft continues to grow the lore, and create even more possibilities for Fassbender’s role.
We won’t know for sure just who exactly Fassbender might be playing in Assassin’s Creed — whether it’s Desmond Miles, Altair, Connor, or a completely new character — but his attachment to the property has us more than a little excited. It’s obviously still too early to begin discussing story and character, but it’s never too early to start speculating.
Who do you think Fassbender will play in the new Assassin’s Creed film? Will it be a completely new character or one we are already familiar with?