‘Assassin’s Creed’ to take place in 15th century Spain; Co-producer and film lead, Michael Fassbender, to take on dual roles

By Staff Writer

Sep 04, 2014 03:19 AM EDT

Not much is explicitly defined as to the production and filming of the "Assassin's Creed" movie, but according to inside sources cited by FilmDivider, the Spanish Inquisition will be the setting of the upcoming 2015 film.

Michael Fassbender, who will also co-produce the film through his DMC Film banner, will be taking on dual roles: as a Spanish assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo, and his modern-day descendant, felon, and death row inmate, Michael Lynch.

FilmDivider also reported in its article that the setting will be quite new, as the time, place and circumstance has never been explored in any of the video game in the franchise. The film, however, like the video game series it was based on, will present historical characters. That said, the primary antagonist, given the setting, will be none other than Tomás de Torquemada, a Spanish Dominican friar and the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition (not to mention the most famous.)

Recent buzz about the film implied that Fassbender was dissatisfied with the script and left the project. However, he quickly dismissed the rumors. During a promotional tour of his dramedy, "Frank" in the U.S. last August, Fassbender confirmed plans for the movie.

"Nothing has changed," he told IGN. "I'm still a part of Assassin's Creed, and we're working on the script as we speak. Actually, I'm going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe."

Fassbender added that they intend to include new material to the original elements from the game for the film adaptation. On how much of the film would remain faithful to the game and how much would be an original story, he said, "You know, we absolutely want to respect the game. There's so much cool stuff in the game that we're actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can't, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we're definitely making a feature film, and we're approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world... When I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory - you know, I think it's a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, 'This is so rich,' and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I'm really excited about it, and we're working very hard to make sure that we've got the best and most exciting, original package."  

Australian film director and screenwriter, Justin Kurzel, known for his work in the 2011 horror film "Snowtown" and the upcoming 2015 British drama film, "Macbeth" (in which Fassbender also stars,) is in talks to helm the project as of April 2014, Deadline reports. No agreement has been reached yet. 

Assassin's Creed is slated to open August 7, 2015.

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