French actress Marion Cotillard has signed on to star in Justin Kurzel’s upcoming ‘Assassin’s Creed’ live-action film adaptation.
According to a report by Deadline, Cotillard will be co-starring in an unannounced role alongside none other than Michael Fassbender, the actor best known for his portrayal of young Magneto in the recent ‘X-Men’ films. Cotillard’s involvement in the live-action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ film will be a reunion of sorts with Fassbender what with the two having previously acted together in the upcoming adaptation of ‘Macbeth,’ which is also directed by Kurzel.
Most people will know Cotillard for her roles in films directed by Christopher Nolan, such as ‘Inception’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ The renowned actress had won an Oscar back in 2007 for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in the biopic film ‘La vie en Rose.’
The live-action adaption of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is being produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, New Regency. Also co-producing is Fassbender’s film and TV production company, DMC Film. Currently on the film’s script writing duties is both Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who are providing rewrites on an initial script penned by Michael Lesslie.
While the film’s plot has not been officially confirmed yet, what has been floating around suggests that it will potentially follow a relatively similar plot to the first game in the series. According to a previous report regarding the issue by Film Divider, the film might be set in the Spanish Inquisition, with Fassbender playing a Spanish Assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo, as well as in the modern day with the actor also playing his character’s modern day descendent – a convicted felon by the name of Michael Lynch – who is being used by Templars who want to use his genetic DNA to further their cause in their war against the Assassins.
Filming on ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is scheduled to begin in early Fall with a release date set for December 26, 2016.