Under T he Hood
Fassbender reunites with Macbeth director for Assassin’s Creed
On the surface, stab-’ em- up videogame Assassin’s Creed doesn’t have much in common with Shakespeare. But after directing Michael Fassbender in Macbeth, Australian helmer Justin Kurzel is teaming up once again with the young Magneto on the upcoming blockbuster, which is shooting in Spain, Malta and London.
“It’s a completely different genre, and it has its own kind of challenges,” Kurzel tells Red Alert. “It’s of a scale that’s much bigger than I’ve ever experienced before. But there’s also a lot of things about it that feel familiar and are very similar to making Macbeth or even my first film, Snowtown.”
Boasting an original storyline set in the world of the games, Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who is confronted by the Templars in the present- day after discovering that he is a descendant of 15th century assassin Aguilar. “Michael was already attached as a producer and had been cast in the lead role,” says Kurzel. “He asked me if I wanted to do it after we finished Macbeth, and I was really taken by the project.”
Fassbender and Kurzel also recruited their Lady Macbeth, Marion Cotillard. “There’s a female character, and we just instantly thought of Marion,” says Kurzel, who like Fassbender has never been a gamer.
“I only knew of Assassin’s Creed from afar before, but once I became involved I began to understand more about the game and the culture behind it,” he says. “We’re trying to make a film that’s not only going to connect with the fanbase but also with people who are not familiar with the game. Like Macbeth, it’s a story that has really compelling characters that you can connect with in a very human way.”
Assassin’s Creed opens on 30 December 2016.
Let’s hope he doesn’t accidentally bend that hidden blade.