Over the weekend, Michael Fassbender revealed that he is still attached to star in the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, despite recent rumors that he left the project due to issues with the script. While little has been confirmed about the story, Film Divider has new information that Michael Fassbender will actually be playing two different roles in the project.
The video game follows several characters throughout both the past and present, whose journeys are linked together through a device known as The Animus, which can read a subject's DNA and access their memories. The game features characters using this device to locate sacred artifacts that are integral to a longstanding war between the Assassins and the Templars. The movie adaptation will be set in both the present day and in the past during the Spanish Inquisition, a time period that has not been explored by the games thus far.
In the present day segments, Michael Fassbender is portraying a character named Michael Lynch, a death row inmate who unwittingly becomes a pawn in the Assassins/Templar war. Michael will be subjected to tests by a villainous scientist named Joseph, although Michael gets assistance from a female assassin named Lara. It is believed that the actress who is cast as Lara will also play one of that character's ancestors in the Spanish Inquisition sequences. Michael Fassbender is also playing Aguilar de Agarorobo, an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition.
The story will borrow elements from the Assassin's Creed 2 video game, where protagonist Ezio Auditore's father was an important assassin. In the film, Aguilar de Agarorobo's father is an assassin chief. Tomas de Torquemada, who was also featured in the Assassin's Creed 2 game, will be the primary villain during the past sequences. The present-day enemy will be Alan Rikkan, CEO of Abstergo, the corporate entity for the evil Templars.
In the first Assassin's Creed game, the protagonist was Desmond Miles, a bartender who was abducted by Abstergo as a villainous researcher tried to delve into his memories. However, the researcher's assistant turned out to be another assassin, who helps Desmond escape. It is believed this relationship between Desmond and the assistant will be mirrored in Michael Lynch and Lara's story line in the adaptation.
The site notes that it's also possible the feature may be tied in to a future game that revolves around the Spanish Inquisition. The next game, Assassin's Creed: Unity, is set during the French Revolution, which will debut in November. Another game, Assassin's Creed: Rogue, takes place during the Seven Years War in the 18th Century, will also be released later this year.
We reported in April that Justin Kurzel has signed on to direct, reuniting with his Macbeth star Michael Fassbender. The project is slated for release on August 7, 2015, but it isn't known when shooting will begin.