The history of video adaptations is long and questionable at times, with stinkers like Silent Hill (while visually appealing), Max Payne and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li vastly outweighing modest successes like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the Resident Evil franchise. But if anyone’s gonna shake things up, it’s Michael Fassbender, right?
The star of Shame and X-Men: First Class might not be who you’d expect to shake up the video game adaptation racket, but as the star of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, he might be the hero we deserve after all. He will also have a producing credit adding to his resume. Now we know when this attempted rescue effort will happen– updates at Box Office Mojo reveal that Assassin’s Creed has set a release date of May 22, 2015, meaning it will arrive just a few weeks after The Avengers 2.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet had the following to say about the latest Assassin’s Creed movie news (via Variety):
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice. Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
The video game franchise revolves around a man named Desmond Miles who is kidnapped by a clandestine corporation called Abstergo. The organization forces Desmond to pilot a machine called the Animus, which sends his consciousness back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors, who were all part of a brotherhood of Assassins, tasked with influencing the course of history through the murder of select targets. The first game took place during the Crusades and followed one protagonist; the sequel game took place during the Italian Renaissance and followed a different protagonist; the upcoming third game will be set during the American Revolution, featuring yet another new protagonist.