Michael Fassbender Cast in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie: Is It Doomed to Fail?

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Michael Fassbender has won legions of female fans, thanks to the way he has embraced full frontal nudity, but sadly his next role isn’t playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey—instead he’s going to try to win over guys by producing and starring in a movie based on the video game Assassin’s Creed.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Fassy has tried to appeal to the fanboy demographic. He played Magneto in X-Men: First Class and android David in Prometheus. He’s also starred in 300 and Jonah Hex. However, taking on a movie based on a video game is quite risky based on past films featuring beloved video game characters. Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo’s Super Mario Bros. was a joke; Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Street Fighter was silly; and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time flopped at the box office.

But Prince of Persia did prove to be much more watchable than some of the other movies based on video games (it has a 6.6 rating on IMDb while the other two aforementioned movies are both in the 3’s), so maybe Hollywood is finally starting to figure out the video game genre. Interestingly enough, the really successful video game movie franchises have both featured women—Michael Fassbender is probably hoping to replicate the success of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movies and Milla Jovovich’s Resident Evil series.

The Assassin’s Creed video games are definitely tailor-made for the movies. They’re about a bartender who discovers that he comes from a long line of assassins. Using a device called the Animus, he relives the memories of his ancestors as they assassinate evil figures throughout history. The latest installment of the game is set during the American Revolution.

So will Michael Fassbender be able to turn this video game into the next Tomb Raider or Resident Evil? From the way the web has reacted to the actor taking on the role, it looks like his film franchise might end up being even more successful.

Who knows? Maybe time travel movies will be the next big thing—Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis’ upcoming movie Looper looks pretty awesome, and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson is also working on a movie about time travel.

So are you looking forward to the Assassin’s Creed movie?

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