Ubisoft revolutionized the gaming industry with the release of the first Assassin's Creed in November 2007. In the game, players stepped into the shoes of Altair, a Syrian assassin devoted to defeating and abolishing the Templar Order. The game was a massive success. #Ubisoft extended its Assassin's universe with additional games that allowed players to experience the world through the life of characters like Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
With a multitude of games and a series of novels and comic books making up the sprawling, time-jumping story, the Assassin's Creed franchise is now targeting it's biggest job yet: making a killing at the box office.
Developed by Ubisoft and produced by Michael Fassbender, the live-action movie adaptation of the critically-acclaimed video game franchise arrives in theaters this December.
(Check out the trailer below)
While we wait to see the high-flying action in theaters around the globe, let's take a look at the phenomenal #AssassinsCreed cast who will be bringing the video game to life on the big screen.
- Portrayed By: Michael Fassbender
- Recent Appearances: X-Men: Apocalypse, The Light Between Oceans
When Ubisoft hired Michael Fassbender to produce the film based on the video game, he brought Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel to the mix. The man who plays Magneto in the #XMen film franchise didn’t just use his natural magnetic abilities to pull his Macbeth co-star and director to the Ubisoft film; he himself was also drawn to join the cast.
Fassbender first entered the cinematic spotlight when he appeared in director Zack Snyder’s 300. Following that, his role as Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds earned him even more praise.
After his breakthrough performance in the independent film Shame and talking on the role of a young Magneto (following in the footsteps of Ian McKellen) in X-Men: First Class, Fassbender's name started to echo through Hollywood. Since then, Fassbender has played several outstanding characters in a number of high-profile films. Most recently he starred alongside his real-life romantic partner (and Academy Award winner) Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans.
Now the actor has set his sights on helping Assassin's Creed take the leap from gaming consoles to movie screens.
In a recent interview with Coming Soon, he spoke about his passion for the project and why the story interested him, saying:
“I just loved the idea of Templars versus Assassins. This idea of an elite group of people struggling with the idea of free will and these sort of rebels to that elite force trying to struggle for humanity, essentially. And the idea that the original Assassins were Adam and Eve...was really interesting.”
- Portrayed By: Jeremy Irons
- Recent Appearances: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Man Who Knew Infinity
One of cinema’s greatest names, Jeremy Irons will star in Assassin’s Creed as the movie’s main antagonist, who is also a character from the first game. Irons built his reputation as a versatile actor by playing a range of roles throughout his career. Most recently he starred in The Man Who Knew Infinity, where he demonstrated his considerable skills as an actor.
Irons also portrayed Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI) in television’s The Borgias.
With his long list of outstanding film credits, there's little doubt Irons is going to kill it in this role.
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With incredible performances in both theater and film, it’s no question that having Irons in Assassin’s Creed is a major triumph for Ubisoft. Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991 for his role in Reversal of Fortune as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor for that same film. He also won a Tony Award for his role in the play The Real Thing.
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- Portrayed By: Marion Cotillard
- Recent Appearances: Allied, From the Land of the Moon
Best known for her roles in the Taxi films, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, Marion Cotillard is an actress of tremendous caliber. She will star in Assassin’s Creed as Dr. Sophia Rikkin, the daughter of Irons’ character, Alan Rikkin.
The French actress is also a songwriter and a singer. She voiced the French version of Gloria from 2006’s Happy Feet as well as the French version of Scarlet Overkill from Minions. Cotillard was also the first French actress to win the Best Actress Academy Award in 2008 for her role in the film La Vie en rose and she snagged a Best Actress Golden Globe for her role in that film as well. This year, she starred alongside Brad Pitt in Allied.
Check out the science of the Animus below:
- Portrayed By: Michael Kenneth Williams
- Recent Appearances: Ghostbusters, Triple 9
Known for playing the role of Omar Little in #HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire, Michael K. Williams will be playing Moussa in Assassin's Creed.
The character, like Callum Lynch, is a prisoner in Abstergo and the ancestor that Moussa channels through the Animus program is none other than rebel assassin Baptiste from the game Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Williams explained more about his character and his relationship with Fassbender's character in an interview with Screen Rant:
Moussa is what we call the trickster. His whole thing when Cal comes into the prison, he sees him as the missing link to the puzzle and immediately realizes that we need to bring him into the fold, the family, and to make him feel safe in this room full of crazies. So that’s Moussa’s relationship to Cal right now, is to bring him into the family, make him feel comfortable, and to let him know that we all need to get out of here. “
- Portrayed By: Brendan Gleeson
- Recent Appearances: In the Heart of the Sea, Pursuit
Brendan Gleeson plays the role of Callum Lynch’s father, Joseph. You might recognize Gleeson from his role in the Harry Potter franchise as Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody”, but his repertoire of films expands far beyond that.
The Irish actor has had roles in major movies like Mission Impossible 2, Braveheart, Edge of Tomorrow and Troy -- just to name a few. He recently starred in Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland.
In 2009, Gleeson won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Into the Storm.
- Portrayed By: Ariane Labed
- Recent Appearances: Black Mirror, The Stopover, The Lobster
One name in the film you might not recognize is that of Greek/French actress Ariane Labed. One of Europe’s rising stars, Labed won the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the Greek drama Attenberg. She recently starred in The Lobster alongside Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre), in which she played the role of The Maid.
This year, she also appeared in an episode of #Netflix's sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror titled "Men Against Fire."
In Assassin's Creed, Labed will be playing Aguilar’s partner, the Assassin Maria.
According to Deadline, Alicia Vikander was considered for the role, but the part eventually went to Labed and Assassin’s Creed will be her first major Hollywood role.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed premieres in the United States on December 21.
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