Michael Fassbender is more than just starring in Assassin's Creed

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Jun 25, 2015

Assassin's Creed is finally going to be made into a movie! The extremely popular series of videogames is now coming to the big screen, and as the famous assassin (well, there are quite a few, as AC players already know), we're getting no less than X-Men: First Class' master of magnetism himself.

Actor Michael Fassbender (currently seen in Ridley Scott's Prometheus) is set to star in and co-produce Assassin's Creed (through his DMC film company), based on the popular Ubisoft videogame franchise.

According to Variety:

"Plot revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts."

We think that the ''man'' in question might be Desmond Miles, the 21st-century character through which players are reliving the adventures of Miles' genetic ancestors, the various assassins of the games: Altaïr (during the Crusades), Ezzio Auditore (the Renaissance) and, later, in Assassin's Creed III, coming out this fall, Connor Kenway (the American Revolution).

"Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."

Last Fall, Ubisoft had been in talks with Sony to develop a series of films based on the successful Assassin's Creed games, but the companies put the project on hold.

Now Ubisoft is planning to stick to its initial plan and develop the film independently—much as Marvel did with its comic-book properties Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers films—so that it can maintain creative control over the product.

And a big hooray for that!

Still, Sony could end up distributing the film: "We're open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized," Baronnet told Variety.

Most videogame movie adaptations have been rather poor copies of the great games they've spawned from. For example, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Doom the Resident Evil films and, to a lesser extent, Silent Hill. So let's hope that with Ubisoft's major involvement in the Assassin's Creed films, we'll get a brilliant and rather faithful adaptation on the big screen.

That and with Fassbender—who's an incredibly talented, brilliant and intense actor—in the mix, we have a pretty good feeling the Assassin's Creed movie might just turn out to be great.

So what do you think of this piece of news? Are you excited about Michael Fassbender becoming an assassin for Assassin's Creed?

(Variety via Digital Spy)