Director Justin Kurzel on the Similarities Between ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and Shakespeare

     December 23, 2016


Michael Fassbender is not only the star of Assassin’s Creed, he’s also the movie’s producer who acquired the film rights from Ubisoft. For the adaptation, Fassbender brought aboard his director (Justin Kurzel) and co-star (Marion Cotillard) from the gritty adaptation of Macbeth, in which he held the titular role. As such, Kurzel and I discussed the Shakespearian parallels between the game and the film, such as secret societies and tragedy through bloodlines.

Instead of playing Desmond from the video games, this adaptation focuses on Cal (Fassbender) a criminal who is spared a lethal injection to undergo some tests on criminal behavior through his family bloodlines. The tests are run by Sofia (Cotillard), a scientist who hopes to eradicate violence by deciphering a code in the apple from Eden, of which Cal’s 15th century ancestor was the last known person to have held.


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In addition to discussing Shakespeare in the interview above, Kurzel and I also talked about how much he knew about the video game prior to Fassbender showing him the script and he also discusses a line of dialogue about “freedom in 2016.” The film’s logline is below.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.


ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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