The premise of the video game series “Assassin’s Creed” is one in which any famous historical setting can be adopted by a particular entry. This makes it ideal for a film adaptation as the story can incorporate any number of settings that won’t just be a re-tread of an already existing game.
The games themselves have been set during the Third Crusade, Renaissance-era Italy, Constantinople at the height of the Ottoman Empire, the American Revolution, the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy, the French Revolution and Newfoundland during the Seven Years War.
Now, Film Divider has posted a report suggesting that they’ve discovered the primary setting for the upcoming Michael Fassbender-led film adaptation currently in development at New Regency, Sony Pictures and Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
Like the game, Fassbender will reportedly star in two roles – one in the present, one in the past, though the present day one will NOT be Desmond Miles. Instead he’s Michael Lynch, a death row inmate used as a pawn in the war between the Assassins and the Templars.
He’s being experimented on by a researcher called Joseph and aided by an Assassin called Lara. The present day villain will be Templar leader and Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkin, though like the games only his voice will feature.
The past character though? Aguilar de Agarorobo, an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition, whose memories Michael relives using the Animus technology. Aguilar’s father is also Master Assassin and one of the leaders of the secret organization. The past villain is also a familiar face from the previous games – Grand Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada.
Playwright Michael Lesslie penned the script which has undergone several redrafts.