October 22, 2012 8:06am PT by Jordan Zakarin
Michael Fassbender to Star in 'Assassin's Creed' Film for New Regency, Ubisoft
Michael Fassbender will stoke revolutions as he travels across time and continents on Ubisoft and New Regency's dime.
The German-Irish actor is set to topline the adaptation of the hit video game franchise Assassin's Creed, which is moving toward production after developer Ubisoft's film and TV division announced a partnership with New Regency on Monday. The series, which features a man traveling back in time to operate in the shadows of various historical events, has sold 38 million units of its four games since the franchise launched in 2007.
"Bringing aboard New Regency’s renowned production and distribution expertise while maintaining our own creative and financial flexibility ensures that Assassin’s Creed will be a high-quality film that respects the lore and fans of the video game franchise," Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet said in a statement.
Fassbender just wrapped work on New Regency's Twelve Years a Slave, which he made with his Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen. Largely an indie film actor, he has one other franchise under his belt, as he stars as Magneto in the X-Men series reboot. He also featured in Ridley Scott's Prometheus this summer.
New Regency has the Mark Wahlberg thriller Broken City and the Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship on the way.