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Michael Fassbender to star in and produce Assassins Creed

Michael Fassbender will star in and produce the movie version of the astonishingly popular Assassin’s Creed videogame series.

In a surprising piece of news, Variety (opens in new tab) is reporting that Fassbender’s DMC Film will co-produce the adaptation with Ubisoft Motion Pictures, with the X-Men: First Class actor looking to take the lead role.

That lead role being the decidedly unheriocally-named Desmond Miles, a descendant of several generation of Assassins who is forced to travel back in time to kill various people and collect various items.

Given that the games blend slick historical action with time travel, a big-screen treatment was never really in doubt, and with multiple games already released, this comes stamped with 'franchise potential'.

Fassbender’s had an incredible run of late – appearing in five films in 2011, and this summer’s Prometheus – and he’ll next be seen in Twelve Years A Slave and Ridley Scott's The Counselor . There’s also the small matter of an X-Men: First Class sequel to keep him busy.

But is Assassin’s Creed a wise move for him? Videogame adaptations are hardly ever (OK, never) good, but with Fassbender involved, we’ll follow this one closely.

Don’t expect to see this one before 2014.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.