Marion Cotillard Takes Female Lead in Assassin's Creed
Just hours after we reported that Ubisoft and New Regency's video game adaptation Assassin's Creed has been given the green light, Deadline reports that Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard has joined the cast. No details were given for the actress' character, but a report from August revealed that there is a female character named Lara, who provides assistance to Michael Fassbender's character Michael Lynch. Deadline's report also reveals that Marion Cotillard's character will also be used in multiple movies, if this first adaptation becomes a hit and spawns a franchise.
While these story details from August have yet to be confirmed yet, that report revealed Michael Fassbender will actually be playing two roles, Michael Lynch in scenes set in present day, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo during the Spanish Inquisition. The adaptation is reportedly based on the Assassin's Creed II video game, where the father of the game's main character, Ezio Auditore, was an important assassin. The adaptation will feature Tomas de Torquemada as the villain in the past, with Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkan serving as the villain in present day sequences.
Justin Kurzel, who directed both Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in Macbeth, is directing from a screenplay that was worked on by Michael Leslie, Scott Frank, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. Production is scheduled to begin this fall, with a December 21, 2016 release date already in place. Marion Cotillard won an Oscar for her performance in La Vie en Rose, and she is up for yet another Oscar next weekend for her performance in Two Days, One Night. She will next be seen in The Little Prince.