Michael Fassbender must love us, masterminds. Why else would he continue endearing himself to us with his project choices? He was undeniably effective as the young Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and his androidian turn as David in Prometheus still has us talking. Now, it has been confirmed by Variety that Fassbender has signed to star in and co-produce a cinematic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the überpopular video game franchise.
While the great majority of video game adaptations have fallen flat in the past, (Max Payne, anyone?) failing to capture the creativity and/or intricacies of the games they were based on, the inclusion of Fassbender brings this project some indie-cred, and the characters in the Assassin’s Creed series are varied and entertaining.
The producers of the film say that Fassbender was their first choice to play the main character, hooded protagonist Desmond Miles, although no casting decisions are official as of yet. After seeing Fassbender in 300 and Centurion (both of which are available to stream on Netflix), though, we’re convinced he could play any of Assassin’s many characters.
Details of the film are yet unknown, but if the plot of the video game is any indication, the film could be an adrenaline-fueled adventure. For those who are unfamiliar with the video game franchise, Assassin’s Creed is centered on and around Desmond, who is kidnapped by the evil corporate Abstergo Industries. There, he is forced into the Animus, a virtual machine in which he acquires the ability to relive the memories of his ancestors.
Since Variety says the film is about “a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins” and is “sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts,” we think the flick might focus on Desmond’s missions while at Abstergo and/or what he learns while in the Animus.
We can’t be certain whether or not we’ll see popular characters like Renaissance-era Ezio Auditore da Firenze or Third-Crusade warrior Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, but with Fassbender set to star AND co-produce, our interest is piqued and our expectations are high.
What do you think of Assassin’s Creed as the next video game-to-movie franchise?