Michael Fassbender continues to take on action roles that aren’t as outlandish as something you’d see in The Expendables but still remind us that the man can utter a quiet threat and follow through with a powerful punch. Considering that he started to hit the mainstream with last year’s comic book movie X-Men: First Class and he played the android David in this year’s much-hyped sci-fi thriller Prometheus, it’s not surprising that he’s delving further into geekdom for his next project. Variety reports that Michael is co-producing and will star in a movie adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the award-winning video game.
I’d heard of the games only casually before this announcement, but from what I can glean, it sounds like this series is ideal for Michael. The Assassin’s Creed games revolve around Desmond Miles, a bartender who was raised in the order of the Assassins but turned his back on that world to live a normal life. When he gets kidnapped by modern-day Knights Templar and has to uncover artifacts called “Pieces of Eden,” he eventually falls back in with a modern crew of Assassins. The games are historical fiction because Desmond and the other Assassins go back in time to retrieve these Pieces of Eden; games’ settings range from the Crusades to the Renaissance to the American Revolution.
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice,” said the CEO of Ubisoft. “[He] is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
One detail that a lot of outlets are grabbing on to is Desmond’s costume. As you can see from the game pic, his hooded outfit is fairly iconic. Hopefully the producers of this movie will stick to the familiar costuming, even if it means we see a little less of Fassy’s lovely face. And I was only kidding about the penis thing—although the games garnered a Mature rating, that’s for bloody violence and language. It’s likely that the movie will be a hard PG-13 or maybe a soft R, but that we won’t get any sort of full-frontal nudity like in Shame. Sigh. Can’t have everything.
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