Wow, now here’s coup for the beleaguered development of the Assassin’s Creed movie. According to Variety, top-notch thespian and star of Prometheus, Shame and X-Men First Class, Michael Fassbender, has just signed on to take the lead role in the silver-screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s premier sneak-and-slash-em-up.
As well as playing the lead role, Fassbender will also act as a co-producer for the movie, through his DMC Productions company.
“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.”
It’s finally some good news for the project, which was initially thought to be developed in partnership with Sony before negotiations stalled. Hopefully having Hollywood’s most-wanted male actor attached to the project will get things moving a bit more swiftly.
The Assassin’s Creed movie is expected to most closely follow the action of the first game in the series, in which a modern-day man discovers he is a descendant of a long line of assassins who have shaped key moments in history, with action taking place amidst the bloody skirmishes of the Crusades
It’s also not the first time Fassbender’s found himself attached to a gaming project. He also took on voice-acting duties to play the villainous Logan in Fable III.