Just days after we complained that we knew nothing about the Assassin’s Creed film, the team at Ubisoft and New Regency have released a neat pile of new information. The highlight? Inception‘s Marion Cotillard is joining the cast.
We’ve also learned a little about the potential plot: Assassin’s Creed (the movie) will follow on – sort of – from the Italian Renaissance storyline of Assassin’s Creed II, except that this time, we’re in the world of the Spanish Inquisition We’re not sure if Ezio Auditore da Firenze will make an appearance, as headliner Michael Fassbender is reportedly stepping into the new role of assassin Aguilar de Agarorobo. Fassbender also plays death row inmate Michael Lynch in the modern day, a man used as a pawn in the Assassin/Templar war.
We don’t know who will be playing either past-villain – Tomás de Torquemada, ally of Assassin’s Creed II antagonist Rodrigo Borgia – or the present-day Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkan… in fact, Cotillard is the only additional acting name we’ve seen added to the lineup. She’ll play Lara, a character set in the present day, who helps Fassbender’s modern character. Ubisoft is already suggesting that Assassin’s Creed will be the first in a series, hinting that Lara will appear in multiple movies.
The Dark Knight Rises actress firmly places Assassin’s Creed as a sort of Macbeth reunion – she, Fassbender and Australian director Justin Kurzel all worked on the Shakespearean adaptation last year. To whet your appetite, that one will be out later in 2015.
…as for Assassin’s Creed, you’ve still got a while to wait – the film’s nearly two years away, heading to cinemas December 21, 2016.