The Brazilian entertainment website Omelete posted two new stills of Michael Fassbender as both Callum Lynch and his 15th century Spanish ancestor, Aguilar, in Justin Kurzel’s upcoming video-game-to-movie adaptation, Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender also serves as a producer on the project, which co-stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and Michael K. Williams.
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Slash Films posted the Assassin’s Creed synopsis:
“Callum Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Fassbender commented on his character. “He is an outsider. He’s been institutionalized from his early teens,” he explained. “He’s a little bit of a lost soul of sorts. He starts to identify [his] lineage and where he comes from in a way.”
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German-born Fassbender also enthused about the overall Assassin’s Creed filming experience. “It was great. It was a huge learning experience,” he stated. “To be a producer on it as well was very educational. I think we’ve got something special. I think we’ve done something original in this genre.”
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Michael, Cotillard, and director Kurzel last teamed on the 2015 drama Macbeth. Variety reports that Michael is currently in talks to star as a serial killer in Broad Green Pictures’ Entering Hades with Storyscape Entertainment and Fassbender’s DMC Film producing.
Entering Hades is based on John Leake’s true crime novel about acclaimed Austrian journalist and best-selling author Jack Unterweger, who led a double life. Unterweger investigated murders by day, and committed murder by night. He amassed a body count of 11 people across multiple continents.
“With Bob and Richard’s vision and Michael’s keen ability to bring captivating characters to the big screen, we are confident that ‘Entering Hades’ will be an entertaining thriller that draws a big audience,” said Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Broad Green Pictures.
DMC was founded by Fassbender and Conor McCaughan in 2011. The London-based talent and film production company boasts that it builds “projects around Michael Fassbender as well as our favourite emerging and established filmmakers.”
Michael Fassbender might tell the stranger-than-fiction story of murderer Jack Unterweger. https://t.co/kAp2jgzYYq
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“This is exactly the kind of elevated and commercial material that we are looking to produce through our deal with Broad Green,” Storyscape producers Cooper and Saperstein said. “Michael Fassbender is one of today’s most talented actors and we are thrilled to be in partnership with him, as well as Conor and Daniel, to bring this extraordinary story to the screen.”
Fassbender’s credits span across both stage and screen and includes roles in independent and blockbuster films. He made his feature debut in the 2007 fantasy war epic 300. Subsequent films include his biographical role as IRA activist Bobby Sands in the historical drama Hunger, Quentin Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds, Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Prometheus, and as the Marvel Comics anti-hero Magneto in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. In 2015, he portrayed Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic of the same name.
Fassbender’s performance as a sex addict in Shame received critical acclaim. He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Additionally, his portrayal as a slave owner in 12 Years a Slave earned him his first Oscar.
Catch Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed when it opens in theaters worldwide on December 21, 2016.
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