It is a truism to say that there has never been a successful video game adaption. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) had its moments, Silent Hill (2006) has its fans and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010) has Jake Gyllenhaal riding an ostrich – none which merits repeated viewing. But with Duncan Jones's (Source Code) Warcraft: The Beginning and especially Kurzel's Assassin's Creed, 2016 could well run that old cliché through with a scimitar. Expect parkour and action galore, but with Kurzel's track record, we should also expect some hefty dramatic beats.
Taking as its basis the popular Ubisoft game, Assassin's Creed will see Lynch discovering that he is a descendant of a secretive society of assassins and is coerced into experiencing the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar in 15th century Spain. Thanks to technology that unlocks genetic memories, he is able to amass knowledge and skills, which will come in handy since he has to take on the centuries old Templar organisation in the present day.
Fassbender heads a cast that also includes Marion Cotillard (Rust And Bone), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years A Slave) and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Production is already underway, with filming scheduled for Malta, London and Spain, so we would expect to learn more casting news in the coming weeks.
The film itself will be out in the UK on 30 December next year.