It pains Movies In Focus that Michael Fassbender is producing and starring in a big screen version of videogame Assassin’s Creed. However, I have faith that this is going to be something more than a cheap cash grab. Fassbender has constantly pushed the envelope with regards to performances and career choices and if Assassin’s Creed means that we get more films like Shame and 12 Years A Slave – then so be it. It might even be a fun flick too.
It helps that this will be directed by Justin Kurzel, the man behind Fassbender’s great looking Macbeth and that it will co-star Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who plays Lady Macbeth in that film. This is a strong line-up for a genre which has been pretty substandard over the years. Fassbender is no stranger to big budget franchise movies having starred as young Magneto in X-Men. It looks like his time in that series is coming to an end with X-Men: Apocalypse, so it makes sense that he’s want to keep his profile high with another potential blockbuster franchise.
I’m nervous about Assassin’s Creed – but I’m hopeful that Fassbender and company will deliver something that surprises me. We’ll find out more as the film’s December 2016 release date inches closer.