Are we on the cusp of arriving at our first genuinely good video game adaptation? While New Regency and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed movie gained significant prestige when Michael Fassbender signed on to star in and produce the pic, it’s now been given another boost by adding an Academy Award winner to the mix. Deadline reports that Marion Cotillard has signed on to co-star with Fassbender in the film, completing the trifecta of a reunion between the stars and director of the upcoming Macbeth. Fassbender previously brought in Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel to direct Assassin’s Creed, and adding his Macbeth co-star Cotillard to the video game pic completes this promising reunion. Moreover, Cotillard is, of course, up for the Best Actress Oscar this year for her work in the drama Two Days, One Night.
Cotillard’s role in Assassin’s Creed is being kept under wraps, but as with Fassbender’s it’s meant to span multiple films if this first movie launches a franchise. This isn’t Cotillard’s first brush with big tentpole filmmaking as she starred in The Dark Knight Rises, but she’s certainly not one to sign onto just anything, giving me hope that Assassin’s Creed could actually be really, really good.
While it’s become a bit of a curse that video game-to-movie adaptations always come up short, between this, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, and Doug Liman’s Splinter Cell, we could be in for a windfall of quality in the next few years.
Filming on Assassin’s Creed is set to begin early this fall in anticipation of a December 21, 2016 release date. Before that time we’ll get a bit of a preview of what to expect when The Weinstein Company releases Macbeth later this year.