Despite its release being over a year away, there are already high hopes for Assassin's Creed, which many believe will finally buck the trend of relentlessly disappointing video game adaptations. And after the latest round of casting announcements, living up to those lofty expectations doesn't seem all that implausible.
Legendary UK actors Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Batman v Superman) and Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, In Bruges) will join the pseudo-historical action, confirmed to play the fathers of Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender respectively.
Assassin's Creed is set to bring Ubisoft's exceptionally popular video game franchise, which has sold over 91 million units, to the big screen. Featuring an original story inspired loosely by the games, the movie follows a master assassin (Fassbender), who's descended from a long line of professional murderers, meaning these two father roles are likely to be key to the plot.
We recently got our first glimpse at Fassbender's new assassin look, which seems to be very faithful to the source material...not to mention completely badass:
Director Justin Kurzel has already worked closely with Fassbender, who played the lead in Kurzel's adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy Macbeth. Check out the trailer below, which features some particularly visceral, Assassin's Creed-esque sword battles:
It fills me with confidence seeing such esteemed talent being brought on board. Could this be the video game adaptation we've been all been waiting for?