News on the forthcoming movie adaptation of the hit video game series Assassin’s Creed has been slim for some time now, but a new cast member has just signed on, and it’s none other than Marion Cotillard. The French actress had prominent roles in the films Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, and will be joining lead actor Michael Fassbender, who will soon be known for playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on the Apple co-founder.
Production of the Assassin’s Creed movie is scheduled to begin this fall, with a release tentatively scheduled for December 2016. Unfortunately it isn’t known yet exactly what role Cotillard will play, but it is said to be ready to span multiple movies should the first be successful enough to launch a franchise.
Fassbender will be playing Desmond Miles, the main character from developer Ubisoft’s video game series, who is forced by a corporation to relive his roots as an assassin through DNA memory. Assassin’s Creed will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who just recently worked with both Cotillard and Fassbender in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which will be released later this year.
As a video game series that’s sold over 91 million copies spread across more than six installments, it’s easy to see why the franchise has a growing number of fans. Last summer, Fassbender attempted to comfort those who love the stealth-mechanic games by saying that the movie would “respect the game,” featuring elements the series has come to stand for, but at the same time introduce something new in order to create a feature film and not just a clone of a game put on the big screen.