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Michael Fassbender has signed on to star in and co-produce the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the extremely popular video game series.
Variety first reported on Monday that Fassbender will produce the film under his DMC Film banner with Conor McCaughan. This is easily their highest profile project. Previously, they produced the short film Pitch Black Heist.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise started in 2007 and has gone on to sell 30 million copies. A third game will be released on Oct. 30 and takes place during the American Revolution. The first two took place during the Crusades and Renaissance.
The series centers on a secret organization that has ties to the original Knights Templar. They kidnap a young man named Desmond Miles, who discovers that he has an unexpected connection to the assassins. Ezio Auditore da Firenze takes over as the main character in the sequels.
"Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero,” Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, told Variety. “Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."
Fassbender has starred in Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and Shame, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He most recently starred in Prometheus. Next year, he is set to star in Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave, which he's currently filming.
According to Variety, Sony had originally hoped to work with Ubisoft to develop an Assassin’s Creed film, but the negotiations stalled and Ubisoft elected to work independently to ensure better creative control. Sony still has a chance to distribute the films, but Baronnet said that the company will only talk with major studios after a writer and director are picked.