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Published On: Fri, Feb 13th, 2015

‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Marion Cotillard joins Michael Fassbender for ‘Assassin’s Creed’

The video game adaptation of Assassin’s Creed already has star power with Michael Fassbender, but now added a big name in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in an unnamed role, presumably for multiple pictures if the franchise succeeds.

“They’re keeping under wraps the role that Cotillard plays, but she’s a versatile actress who won the Oscar for La Vie En Rose, and also played an action role in The Dark Knight Rises,” Deadline reported Feb. 13.

“Like Fassbender, her role is meant to span multiple films if this one scores and becomes a franchise. New Regency and Ubisoft has married pedigree elements to a big-selling video game, a formula that has served Marvel well in building its franchises. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed video game has sold over 91 million units.”

Marion Cotillard in "The Dark Knight Rises," now joins "Assassin's Creed"

Marion Cotillard in “The Dark Knight Rises,” now joins “Assassin’s Creed”

Director Justin Kurzel reunites with the stars, who starred together in Macbeth, and Kurzel directed that film. A full synopsis from the game is below.

Fassbender spoke about the film in 2014, revealing his excitement about the film and paying respect to the video game.

“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. I don’t really play that many video games, but 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.”

The production is set for early fall, released through Fox. Frank Marshall, Arnon Milchan, Jean-Julien Baronnet, Conor McCaughan, Fassbender and Pat Crowley are producing from a script by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie.

Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016.

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Game synopsis: The Assassin’s Creed games primarily revolves around the rivalry between two ancient secret societies: the Assassins and the Knights Templar, and their indirect relation to an ancient species pre-dating humanity, whose society, along with much of Earth’s biosphere, was destroyed by a massive solar storm. The games’ real-world chronological setting begins in the year 2012, and features Desmond Miles, a bartender who is a descendant of several lines of prominent Assassins; though raised as an Assassin, he left his nomadic family to seek out a more common lifestyle. He is initially kidnapped by the megacorporation Abstergo Industries, the modern-day face of the Knights Templar, who are aware of Desmond’s ancestral lineage. Desmond is forced to use the “Animus”, a device that allows him to experience his “ancestral memories”. Abstergo is seeking to discover the location of several artifacts, or the “Pieces of Eden”, that hold great power, to control mankind and alter its fate, bringing humanity into one single unified group. (Wiki)

 

 

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