French actress Ariane Labed has signed on to join Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in New Regency's video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. While no character details were given, the actress has landed the role that Alicia Vikander was once up for, before she was forced to drop out after landing a role in Universal's Bourne 5. The producers moved quickly to find a replacement, landing on Ariane Labed.
Michael Fassbender will star as a man who learns that he comes from a long line of assassins, after he is kidnapped by a clandestine organization which has ties to the Knights Templar. He is tasked with using his skills to travel back in time and recover important historical artifacts. There was a report that revealed Michael Fassbender is actually playing two characters in the adaptation, Michael Lynch in present day scenes, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo during scenes set in the Spanish Inquisition. Those details have yet to be confirmed, but it was also noted that there is a character named Lana, who helps Lynch in his journey. It isn't known if Marion Cotillard or Ariane Labed will be playing this role.
Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) is directing from a screenplay that has been worked on by Michael Leslie, Scott Frank, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. Production is slated to begin in early fall, with 20th Century Fox and New Regency already setting a December 21, 2016 release date. Ariane Labed's credits include Before Midnight, The Lobster and The Forbidden Room.