Michael Fassbender To Star In ASSASSIN'S CREED

Michael Fassbender To Star In ASSASSIN'S CREED

There has been talk of a big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed for a while now, and while fans were worried they would be getting another Doom or Resident Evil, A-List actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) has signed up for the title role!

Variety reports that Michael Fassbender will star in and co-produce the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed. While he will play the lead character, it is unknown whether they will use Altair (Assassin's Creed - 2007), Ezio (Assassin's Creed II - 2009) or Connor (Assassin's Creed III - 2012). The first option seems most likely, especially as the site describes the plot as revolving, "around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artefacts."

"Michael Fassbender was our first choice," said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor." It is thought that in order to maintain a greater level of control, Ubisoft will develop the film themselves, although Sony Pictures may end up distributing. "We're open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized," There is currently no details on when Assassin's Creed will begin production or be released.

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Filed Under "Video Games" 7/9/2012 Source: Variety
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Hellsing - 7/9/2012, 4:55 AM
[frick]ing hell this is some awesome news, this is legit right. Awesome casting, who knows there might be some hope for video game to film adaptations now.
Slak - 7/9/2012, 5:11 AM
Daken - 7/9/2012, 5:13 AM
Then I already know that it wonÄt be the actors fault when the movie sucks. Fassbender is a terrific actor. So make use of that producers!
gleetana - 7/9/2012, 5:14 AM
go bassfender !!... now my interest in this movie went up from 0 to 5.
MilesMorales - 7/9/2012, 5:17 AM
Wow thats great news for VGMs! Devil May Cry casting now..
silverdog - 7/9/2012, 5:18 AM
cant remember the last time I was interested in a videogame based movie. but, great choice.
WolvieCBM - 7/9/2012, 5:21 AM
WOW! Now I'm definitely a lot more interested. Great casting.
Bandrews1 - 7/9/2012, 5:23 AM
This has got to be one of the most spot on casting choices ever. I just hope it turns out to be good especially with a actor like Michael Fassbender.
AmazingFantasy - 7/9/2012, 5:26 AM

spiralblitze - 7/9/2012, 5:33 AM
if this movie ever comes to fruition, i can bet, no in fact, am 300% certain that the never shy Samuel L. Jackson will find his way on to this movie. the guy's in everything! it was a shock to the system learning that he was in Jurassic park, Good fellas even coming to America.
GreenHalJordan - 7/9/2012, 5:38 AM
This is awesome! best news ive heard all day and its not even 12:00!
Christuffer - 7/9/2012, 5:42 AM
nikgrid - 7/9/2012, 5:43 AM
Fassbender is awesome, he'd make a fine older Ezio but...I hope they don't make him Altair, they should cast a young middle Eastern actor as Altair
Kayo - 7/9/2012, 5:44 AM
GOD OF WAR could be the best choice for this sort of genre if done right.
FireKnightRises - 7/9/2012, 5:45 AM
well my favourite is Altair but Faassbender for EZIO!!
xXkryptoniteXx - 7/9/2012, 5:48 AM
Great news a perfect fit and it should be Altair. Now who's directing it?
LFANCH - 7/9/2012, 5:51 AM
maybe he's playing desmond.
RocknCBMs - 7/9/2012, 5:59 AM
Isn't it more likely he'll be playing Desmond?
dahamma - 7/9/2012, 6:02 AM
WOah this is good news!!! I hope they do Altair, Im so sick of Ezio
Smokey - 7/9/2012, 6:02 AM
Well he'll play both as don't Desmond and Altair look exactly the same or extremely similar?
Fogs - 7/9/2012, 6:05 AM
Holy crap that's awesome.

Altair, Ezio and Desmond all have the same model in the games, btw. Don't know about Connor tho.

Also I have a theory about assassin's creed. To me the memories aren't on the genes, but Desmond is actually a reincarnation of those guys. Since many people would repel the idea they came up with the Animus thing. That would explain the "multi cultural and creeds team" warning in the beginning of the games.
gambgel - 7/9/2012, 6:13 AM
wow, totally unexpected proyect for Michael.

If he signs, he must have confidence in the proyect, so lets see how this turns out
AC1 - 7/9/2012, 6:18 AM
I wonder if they'll have him play all the ancestors? If not, my bet is that he's only playing Desmond. I mean in the first 3 games the ancestors looked like Desmond, but in Revelations Altair and Ezio were redesigned so they both looked slightly similar to Desmond, but different to each other.

@Fogs no, the "multi cultural team" warning is a reference to the developers of the game, it means that the game wasn't meant to offend any particular beliefs, and wasn't meant to be based on any either. It means the game is a work of fiction that everyone should be able to enjoy. So it doesn't mean the games are using reincarnation or other religious means to explore the ancestors, it means the exact opposite. Plus, the game is very sci-fi based in a subtle way (similar to Inception's sci-fi), so for the film to change that would already be a major departure.
LFANCH - 7/9/2012, 6:21 AM
@fogs they have that warning because they involve religions in their games. They want to clarify that they do not have an anti-religious agenda.
kingshnake - 7/9/2012, 6:44 AM
Does he even say anything in the games? Or just assassinmufy people
dancingmonkey08 - 7/9/2012, 6:50 AM
wow, this is quite a surprise. Just like grif said (I thought I would never say those words lol), I am also not really a big fan of Assassins Creed because of their type of gameplay (even though I have great respect for the innovativeness of Assassins Creed, it truly is one of the finest game series out there today) so I dont know if Fassbender fits the role but he is an amazing actor so he should make it work

I have a friend who is a big fan of both the game and Fassbender so he will be very happy about this! I would love to see this movie because even though I dont like the gameplay, I love the plot of the games (from what I have heard about it)

Just dont mess it up, game based movies dont have a good track record. The only ones I have ever liked is Resident Evil 1 & 2, Tomb Raider 1 & 2, (the alright) Hitman and the Pokemon movies in my childhood
Shadowelfz - 7/9/2012, 7:01 AM
Cool. I like both characters but he better play Altier. Hollywood has a tendency to skip over continuity to go straight for the more popular characters.

Still, Ezio's origin story would be ideal for a movie set up.
eDubya72 - 7/9/2012, 7:04 AM
Well, considering the heritage of the assassin is Middle Eastern and Michael Fassbender is, in fact, not, that eliminates the first story as making any rational sense. Of course they can change it up, but as far as coming together reasonably, I would recommend using Ezio, since he's at least European.
Drewsterville - 7/9/2012, 7:09 AM
I could see him playing Desmond. But thats it. I wonder will they have an actor for Altair that will be different from Desmond. Best game series of all time. So if they screw this up which they prob will. Then they can suck it hard!
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/9/2012, 7:13 AM
Good news and all but Fassbender looks nothing like any of the characters and he's to to old. But maybe he could play ezio, not Altair.
googleplex - 7/9/2012, 7:15 AM
the way it looks like i guess that he will play desmond (who is the actual main character of the series and the only character who matches the description they gave for the movie) and that they will have him play altair here as well then move on to ezio and connor in the sequels. it makes sense since the characters are modeled after each other and it's an easy excuse to give fassbender more screen time.

connor may be difficult because it seems like his character model is different from the others and i would hate for them to use the native american equivalent of black face but they will have time to work that out later.

also the story will have to be changed significantly to match the new media. there's a lot about the way the animus works in game that would be confusing in a movie, like the sync bar. also to make the plot a more flowing narrative.

finally altair first then ezio. they need to get the audience used to the idea of the order and that is best done with altair's story. ezio's must be saved for the sequel.
ThaMessenger07 - 7/9/2012, 7:16 AM
Awesome, I'm ready for this!
marcuskiner - 7/9/2012, 7:20 AM

This is awesome!

Now can we get an X-men movie that explores the themes of ethnic cleansing, starring Dwayne Johnson as Apocalypse? Then I can die a happy man!

That'll probably never happen though...

TheSoulEater - 7/9/2012, 7:25 AM
I'm so spoiled. While I love that this movie will be made, I don't want him playing Altiar
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/9/2012, 7:39 AM
Although Fassbender is a great actor, I think the guy from prison break would make a better Altair
HeadlessJensen - 7/9/2012, 7:43 AM
Fassbender again? Cool I guess. That'll be 2 big franchises he'll be the lead in.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/9/2012, 7:43 AM
I forgot his name
MB007 - 7/9/2012, 7:57 AM
Great, hope the movie comes soon, already pre-orderd my copy of Assassin's Creed III! :-)

But will he play Altaïr, or Desmond??
marcuskiner - 7/9/2012, 8:01 AM

Well, I think with the right direction he could pull it off. While he certainly doesn't have the acting chops of an Oscar winner, it's mostly the fanboy in me wanting the "look." We know how that goes though... (see Batman & Robin).

Who do you suggest? The themes of ethnic cleansing though, do you see what I'm getting at, or do you have something else in mind? I always felt that X-men could tell a fantastic story of outcasts. FOX studios utterly failed to utilize their potential, and First Class was alright, but not what I was looking for (disappointed that Magneto didn't kill those men). I'm not saying Magneto is a homicidal maniac, but he does kill in the comics, more so indirectly though.

I'm still waiting for an epic Apocalypse trilogy, starting with Magneto in movie one, and have the sequels tie in. I just feel like there's a magic to X-men yet to be fully utilized!
ABLEE337 - 7/9/2012, 8:07 AM
Never played the games, but Fassbender is awesome so I'm interested.
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