Video game movies are usually pretty terrible, however the Assassin's Creed adaptation is doing a good job of persuading us that might not be the case forever.
Until recently, it seemed the live-action film version of UbiSoft's flagship gaming franchise was mired in development Hell. Now, it appears to have thrown some more coal in the furnace and is starting to chug along nicely. What's more, it's also adding some serious talent to the proceedings.
According to Variety, Michael K. Williams, perhaps best known for playing badass Omar Little on The Wire, has recently signed on to co-star beside Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed. Unfortunately, there is no additional information regarding who exactly the 48-year-old actor will play, although sources claim his role is a "major stake in the franchise." It should be noted that other sources only describe Williams as "in talks" for the role, although Variety's insiders seem to suggest the deal has already been struck.
Check out Michael K. Williams on The Wire below:
Currently, the story of Assassin's Creed is heavily under wraps, which is even more frustrating when you consider the breadth of possibilities laid out in the video game. According to rumors, however, the film will not follow any one specific Assassin's Creed video game storyline, and will instead be an original story possibly set during the Spanish Inquisition.
This means we can only really engage in idle speculation about who Williams could be playing, although the Variety report suggests his role will become increasingly important throughout the franchise, especially in the planned sequels.
Michael K. Williams also appeared in the live-action adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road:
With this in mind, my guess is that he is playing one of the veteran top brass of the Assassin Order, especially when you consider he is known for sporting one hell of a scar across his face. Perhaps he could even be a mentor for Michael Fassbender's character - if we assume this is some kind of origin story. Furthermore, if the film is indeed set in Spain during the Inquisition, one could speculate that Williams is perhaps playing a character of Moorish decent, which would be in keeping with his ethnicity, the historical setting and the origins of the Assassin Order.
Of course, this is just speculation on my part. There's also the very real possibility that Williams might also play a villainous Templar or a character in the modern day element of Assassin's Creed - perhaps even a scientist or technician for Abstergo Industries?
Along with Michael K. Williams, Assassin's Creed will star Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed. It will be directed by Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel and is due to arrive in theaters on December 21, 2016.