Michael Fassbender has been on quite the hot streak of late, with a mix of critically acclaimed roles in small budget films (Fish Tank, Shame) as well as starring roles in major blockbusters (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus) on his resume. The next logical step in the progression of his career wouldn’t typically be to star in a video game movie – mostly because the vast majority of them are total disasters – but that’s exactly what’s decided to do.
According to Variety, Fassbender has signed on with Ubisoft to star in and co-produce a film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, the video game franchise consisting of five titles that’s sold more than 30 million units since its debut in 2007.
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice,” said Ubisoft’s Jean-Julien Baronnet, praising him as “extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed.” The game company will produce the film without the assistance of a major studio; Sony was involved back in 2011 but talks to produce the film eventually collapsed.
In case you haven’t played any of the games (which you should – they’re good!), the slightly convoluted central plot involves a character called Desmond Miles, who (more or less) travels in time through the memories of his ancestors to battle the Knights Templar. The games have spanned the Crusades and the Renaissance, with an upcoming installment to focus on the American Revolution.
There’s no release date set yet for the film. In case you’re curious, Assassin’s Creed III the video game comes out on October 30th.