Michael Fassbender to star in Assassin’s Creed adaptation

News Ryan Lambie 9 Jul 2012 - 13:26

The great Michael Fassbender will take the lead in an adaptation of Ubisoft’s videogame, Assassin’s Creed, we’ve learned…

Of the dozens of videogame adaptations we’ve sat through over the years, only one or two have been anywhere close to what we’d call ‘worthwhile’. And while we haven’t paid too much attention to the long-running rumours that an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed was in the offing, the latest news to dribble out of Hollywood has immediately caught our imagination.

According to Variety (news of which reached us via ComicBookMovie), the lead will be played by none other than Michael Fassbender. If you haven’t played the videogames, Assassin’s Creed is a mash-up of historical sandbox adventure and sci-fi; in each instalment, the player takes on the role of a hooded assassin charged with offing various evil characters throughout history. The games' emphasis on splashy killings, period detail and rooftop acrobatics could make for a visually arresting movie, particularly if there's a decent director at the helm.

It’s not yet clear which of the various games’ protagonists Fassbender will play – there have been three so far, going by the name of Altair, Ezio and Connor – but securing him is quite a coup for Ubisoft and Sony Pictures. At the very least, he’ll bring a touch of class and dramatic heft to a sub-category of filmmaking not known for its exceptional quality. 

Will Assassin’s Creed be the first truly brilliant videogame adaptation? We’re now extremely eager to find out.

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