Earlier this week, we reported that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) had decided to go with Bourne 5 over Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of the hit video game Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Deadline now reports that Assassin’s Creed has quickly filled the role by casting The Lobster star Ariane Labed for the unspecified role, although knowing how Hollywood operates, the 31-year-old actress will probably play the love-interest since Cotillard has committed the heinous, unforgivable crime of being 39 (she’ll be 40 when filming begins in the fall, and after shooting wraps she’ll presumably be put on an ice floe and shipped into the Hollywood Reservoir).
For those who are unfamiliar with the video games, they focus on assassins whose deeds are viewed through the ancestral memories of a mild-mannered bartender who’s been kidnapped by a shady corporation. I’ve only played the first game, which includes killing powerful figures, free running (i.e. parkour) from their guards for five minutes, and then hiding in a pile of hay until they go away. I’ve heard the games have become more refined over time, but I have yet to play them.
Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016. For more on the film, click here.