With Michael Fassbender long cast in the lead role of the Assassin’s Creed movie along with co-star Marilon Cotillard, two more veterans of Hollywood have been added to the attempt to adapt the famous Ubisoft game. Both of which will further pique Irish interests in the film!
Ireland’s own Brendan Gleeson & English-born Cork resident Jeremy Irons have both been add to the 2016 release of Assassin’s Creed which is being developed by Ubisoft’s own film studio! Who they will be playing has also been revealed, with Gleeson (Harry Potter, The Guard) playing the father of Fassbender’s character and Irons (Lion King, Batman V Superman) playing the father of Cotillard’s (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) character.
For those unfamiliar with the Assassin’s Creed game franchise, it depicts the struggle of an ancient group of Assassin’s against the Templar Order throughout various points in history. The Crusades in the Middle East (Assassin’s Creed), The Italian Renaissance (Assassin’s Creed II), The American & French Revolutions (Assassin’s Creed III & Unity), there is no facet of history that is not considered to tell another story of the Assassins vs the Templars. These points in history are studied by accessing the DNA of a descendent of a key person who took part in these various struggles using a piece of technology called the Animus. Using the Animus, Desmond was able to access the memories of his ancestors Altair, Ezio & Connor in order to combat the sinister Templar run organisation in the present day, Abstergo.
Where does the Assassin’s Creed movie fit into this world of history and conspiracy? Well here’s what we think!
Michael Fassbender plays two characters. Callum Lynch & Aguilar de Agarorobo, the latter of the two is an ancestor of Callum Lynch who lived during the Spanish Inquisition. Fassbender’s Lynch will use the Animus to relive the memories of Aguilar de Agororobo. How it may play out, is Fassbender’s character is romantically involved with Cotillard’s character, a forbidden love of course, as Gleeson & Irons will both be respected members of the Assassins & the Templars. Irons, the Templar, given he has a penchant for playing devious, deceitful characters. In true Assassin’s Creed spirit, Gleeson’s character, Aguilar de Agororobo’s father, is murdered by Templar agents. This causes Aguilar to take up the creed of his father’s secret order in a mission of revenge against Iron’s character who authorised the killing of his father and leads him to the discovery of a new world order. We may even see the two lovers battle each other should Cotillard’s unnamed character is indoctrinated into the Templars.
As for sequels, Fassbender can quite easily continue the role of Callum Lynch over the course of a trilogy or more. While the story of Aguilar de Agarorobo may be self contained to this particular Assassin’s Creed movie, sequels could see different ancestors of Lynch utilised to further tell plots his ancestors were embroiled in. History books are ripe with material for adaptation in both Assassin’s Creed movies and games. With Ubisoft developing both the games & movies, it also provides a two-pronged attack in expanding the AC universe.
Potentially, we could see events from future AC games addressed in movies, while additional games are produced as semi-sequels or prequels for characters featured in movies. The latter providing some of the best movie-game adaptations probably and thus creating an inevitable mind melt where we have movies adapted from games adapted from movies adapted from games and so on & so forth.
While video game to movie adaptations have never really had much success, given the castings & effort being made by Ubisoft does instill a confidence in Assassin’s Creed, especially for hardcore fans of the franchise who will see further expansion on the amazing source material that has been given to us by Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed is set for release on 21st of December nad has already begun filming!