Truth is, Michael Fassbender probably doesn't need to be chained to another big franchise after this trilogy of X-Men movies wrap but he's been working diligently on the Assassin's Creed adaptation for quite a while now in the capacity of producer and star (much in the same way that Tom Hardy has spent the past couple years developing his Splinter Cell movie). As you might expect from Fassbender, who has got a pretty impeccable track record going on at this point in both studio and indie movies, he's approaching Assassin's Creed with a perfectionist's eye - but the movie looks like it finally has a start date later this year.
Assassins vs Knights Templar
Up until recently we knew that Fassbender has been developing the adaptation that would see him stepping into the role of Michael Lynch a regular Joe kind of guy who gets kidnapped by the Knights Templar and and forced into being a test subject for their experiments with the "Animus", a device that can send someone back in time to channel an ancestor, in this case Fassbender would also be playing Aguilar de Agarorobo, an Assassin during the Spanish Inquisition to whom Lynch is a descendent of.
The landmark series of video games can some pretty complicated storylines going throughout them. The basic plot boils down to the Knights Templar and Assassins trying to get their hands on "Pieces of Eden", artifacts of world saving importance. To do this they have to travel back in time and solve the mysteries surrounding where these various pieces may have been hidden over the years and in different eras.
Michael Fassbender's Creed
It makes sense that in adapting the video game series to a movie that the creative team would want to try and streamline and simplify this wide ranging conspiracy story into something that isn't like trying to crack the Matrix when audiences who haven't had the pleasure of playing the long-running series are coming to it. Michael Fassbender explained the careful approach in a recent interview with Coming Soon.
"That’s always the challenge of something that’s so dense, to really find something and pare it down and basically, there are so many elements to it, so trying to translate that to an audience, you have to pick key things. So yes, that is part of it, getting through the density of it and paring down and engaging a simple story."
Fassbender said that the long-in-the-works adaptation is set to start filming this September - probably not that long after work on X-Men Apocalypse has wrapped. Fassbender has brought many of his teammates from his soon to be released movie, Macbeth. The new Shakespeare adaptation is directed by Justin Kurzel and co-stars Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth - both of whom are on board the Assassin's Creed movie.
Kurzel's work with period pieces makes a lot of sense considering the time-jumping element of Assassin's Creed and Cotillard is always a welcome addition to any movie - but her role, expected to be the female Animus-using counterpart to Fassbender's character, should allow her to work that mysterious voodoo she does so well. The movie is still set for release on December 21, 2016.
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