As one of the most respected and buzzed about young actors in film today, Michael Fassbender has been receiving increasingly interesting roles. Last year he starred in X-Men: First Class as a young Magneto, and earlier this year he played the android David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Now he has a whole new challenge in the film adaptation of Ubisoft’s successful and complex video game franchise Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender is set to act and co-produce, with the creative direction of Ubisoft Motion Pictures and the backing of his DMC Film label.
For those unfamiliar, Assassins Creed is a historical fiction/sci-fi game centered around an ancient conflict between the secret societies of the Knights Templar and the Assassins. The plot focuses on a modern day everyman named Desmond who uses a device called The Animus to relive the memories of his ancestor Assassins as they wage a clandestine war with the Templars to control the world’s most powerful regions and determine the course of history. It is unclear at this point if Fassbender will play Desmond, his ancestor, or an entirely new protagonist.
Video game movies are notoriously bad, but could Fassbender’s contribution, Ubisoft’s creative control, and the elaborate pseudo-historical storyline of Assassin’s Creed break the plague of poor adaptations?