Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise has wowed audiences with speculative history and sweet parkour for years, with nine main games spanning nearly a decade. This stealth-based game has taken players from the cold Arctic to the hot sands of the Middle East, and has taken them through some of the greatest conflicts in human history. With the Michael Fassbender-led film coming this December, it made me think: who could play the assassins from the games? We know that the film will be using a unique character and setting, but what if Ubisoft ever wanted to produce a Black Flag or Syndicate movie? Time to dive into the possible and fan-cast these hooded heroes!
Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad - Oscar Isaac
Recently made famous by playing Poe Dameron in Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Isaac is an extremely talented actor who has a tendency to play Middle Eastern characters. Two good examples would be Joseph (The Nativity Story) or Apocalypse (X-Men: Apocalypse). While he bears little resemblance to Altaïr's face model, he does have more than enough skill to lead a film, and has a physicality suited to playing the first and greatest assassin of the series.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze - Christian Bale
'Assassin's Creed II'
Who else could you get to play a handsome, super-rich guy who runs around at night in a costume? Sadly the suit does not come in black. However, Bale has the appearance and the acting skills to pull off the Italian assassin. There would be no concern for accent, physicality, or appearance, since Bale's method acting would cover the first two. He also has a face that can look both young and old when he needs it to, giving the possibility of many years of Ezio's life in one film.
Connor Kenway - Jake Gyllenhaal
'Assassin's Creed III'
Half-Indian, half son of a Templar, Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor) is one of the more serious assassins (some pretty rough stuff happens to him). Standing at a whopping 6'3", Connor is by far the largest character in the franchise. Thanks to films like Southpaw, we know that Gyllenhaal is more than capable of bulking up. He also is one of the best actors of the decade, which is most certainly in his favor. Some might comment on Jake's lack of Indian ancestry, but let me remind the readers that Connor is only part Native American. I chose Gyllenhaal simply on his acting prowess and his resemblance to the character.
Edward Kenway - Chris Hemsworth
'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'
Another top tier actor, Hemsworth would be playing the first character to not be an official assassin. Kenway is just a pirate with some unique training, which he uses on the high seas. The resemblance is pretty clear, and while we're most familiar with Hemsworth's cheeky, supremely confident Thor, he has a more serious side that would get a chance to show through Edward. And while In the Heart of the Sea wasn't the greatest film, we did get to watch Hemsworth sail the high seas.
Adéwalé - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
'Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry'
While Freedom Cry was a DLC for AC:IV, it gave both an interesting story and an amazing character. Adewale was born into slavery, but escaped, becoming a pirate. He finally fell in with Edward Kenway, and it was through that friendship that Adewale became an assassin. He would end up fighting Shay Cormac in Rogue. Not only is Adewale a key player in the American saga, he also carries huge significance for his story. No, I didn't cast this based on names. Akinnuoye-Agbaje looks the part and certainly has the skill to be a star. He's best known for Malko on Game of Thrones and his upcoming role of Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.
Shay Cormac - Henry Cavill
'Assassin's Creed: Rogue'
This may be the most interesting choice of the list. To recap Rogue very quickly, Shay is an assassin who turns to the Templars. He then has to hunt down the Assassins while working as a privateer for the British. Fans of the franchise view this story as one of the best in the entire series, and while this game received none of the attention it deserved, this character deserves an amazing actor, capable of conveying nuanced emotions over the course of a complex arc. One such man is Henry Cavill. He is no stranger to espionage or sword fighting, having starred in films like Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Count of Monte Christo. His Shakspearean background makes him one of the best actors on our list.
Arno Dorian - Gaspard Ulliel
'Assassin's Creed: Unity'
He's French. He's a great actor. He looks the part. Case closed. While Unity bombed as far as games are concerned (glitches and poor gameplay), the idea would make a wonderful film. If you've read my articles, you'll know that Gaspard was one of my favorite options for Gambit. Ulliel would give an impressive performance, and might be able to breath life into a failed idea.
Jacob Frye - Ben Barnes
'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate'
The most recent Assassin's Creed game gave gamers two characters: sibling powerhouse Jacob and Evie Frye. They wreak havoc in Templar-controlled London with a host of steampunk weaponry and good old-fashioned fistfights. Ben Barnes is perfect for this role! Not only does he resemble Jacob, but his acting is superb. He currently is working on historical fiction with the hit series Turn. He would need to play a rash, pretty aggressive man, and I strongly believe Barnes could do that.
Evie Frye - Ellen Page
'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate'
The other member of the Frye team, Evie is a more reserved, cautious character. In the game, play as Jacob to brawl; play as Evie to utilize stealth. Ellen Page certainly looks the part, and though I've never heard her use any accent but American, I'm confident that she would have no problem picking up a British dialect. And thanks to a recurring role in the X-Men franchise, she's no stranger to physically demanding roles or on-screen combat.
Desmond Miles - Sam Witwer
The man who started it all. Or ended it all. Time travel's weird. Desmond is the character from near-modern times who travels back via the Animus to follow the characters' lives in each game. Unlike the actors previously listed, I had to do some research into what Witwer was famous for. Besides voicing Emperor Palpatine in Rebels and the infamous Galen Marek in The Force Awakens, he was also a regular on Battlestar Galactica and Smallville. He's still a relatively small-time actor, but he could certainly pull off the smart-mouthed assassin-turned-bartender.
And there you have it! Every main assassin from every major game. A huge shout-out to my friend Jacob for helping me brainstorm this article, and for suggesting at least a couple on this list. Please be sure to check out his awesome work in the link below! What did you think? Was I 10/10, or do I need some more practice? Who would you have casted? Let me know in the comments, or write your own article!