It’s not “The Continuing Adventures of Young Magneto, Nazi-Killer,” but this will certainly do.
“X-Men: First Class” and “Shame” actor Michael Fassbender is attached to star in “Assassin’s Creed,” based on the massively successful video game franchise from Ubisoft. He’ll co-produce the project through his DMC Film with partner Conor McCaughan, with Ubisoft Motion Pictures developing the film outside of the traditional Hollywood studio system “in order to maintain greater creative control,” Variety reports. At one point, Ubisoft was in negotiations with Sony to produce the adaptation; those talks have since been sidelined.
The “Assassin’s Creed” video games center on an ancient order of assassins spanning a vast number of time periods from the Crusades to the American Revolution. When a young man named Desmond Miles is abducted by a secret organization with ties to the Knights Templar, he learns that he’s connected to these assassins in a way he never could have imagined.
Though Desmond serves as a through line across the games, it’s likely that Fassbender would be playing one of the actual assassins instead. Ezio Auditore da Firenze is the main character in the second and third “Assassin’s Creed” games and is widely considered a fan-favorite, making him a likely candidate for Fassbender’s character; then again, the Golden Globe nominee could well be playing both Desmond and one of the ancient assassins. At this point, only his attachment to the film is a certainty.
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice [for the project],” Ubisoft Motion Pictures president Jean-Julien Baronnet said of the casting. “Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
There is currently no release date set for “Assassin’s Creed.”
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