When Michael Fassbender signed on the dotted line to star in and produce the new Assassin’s Creed movie, the X-Men actor had never played one single second of Ubisoft’s hit videogame series, which spawned not only multiple games but novels, comics and even animated short films.
Yep. That’s what the actor revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I hadn’t played it before these guys approached me,” Fassbender said. Along with the interview, EW has unveiled a new official pic of Fassbender as Aguilar on the historical action-adventure movie, alongside a fellow Assassin played by actress Ariane Labed (Before Sunrise).
The actor is set to play two characters in the movie, the modern-day Callum Lynch and his past ancestor -- Aguilar -- who must battle the big bad evil Templars. Both characters are new to the franchise and don’t appear in any of the previous Assassin’s Creed games. But we may get to see some familiar faces. Since being cast, though, the actor has picked up his PS4 controller to get cracking on the games.
“I’ve played it since [being offered the job] mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character,” Fassbender says by phone from Spain, where he was filming the adaptation. “We’re striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special.”
Director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) has apparently encouraged the actor into doing a lot of his own stunts (being a kickass assassin, the character is a master of parkour and close-quarter fighting, on top of assassinating bad people with his trusty wrist blades).
“I’ve learned how to roly poly, tumble turn,” Fassbender says with a laugh. “Stuff you can do in everyday life. Like cartwheels. No — just basic fight choreography stuff. I did some horse stuff today. So stuff like that.”
Assassin’s Creed will soar onto the big screen on Dec. 21, 2016. Are you looking forward to the new movie?