EXCLUSIVE: The New Regency and Ubisoft adaptation of Assassin’s Creed has turned into a Macbeth reunion. Marion Cotillard has signed on to star with Michael Fassbender in the Justin Kurzel-directed Assassin’s Creed, the live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game. They starred together in Macbeth, and Kurzel directed the film, which The Weinstein Company will release later this year.
They’re keeping under wraps the role that Cotillard plays, but she’s a versatile actress who won the Oscar for La Vie En Rose, and also played an action role in The Dark Knight Rises. Like Fassbender, her role is meant to span multiple films if this one scores and becomes a franchise. New Regency and Ubisoft has married pedigree elements to a big-selling video game, a formula that has served Marvel well in building its franchises. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed video game has sold over 91 million units.
Production will begin in early fall for a December 21, 2016 release through Fox, and the film is being co-financed by RatPac and Alpha Pictures. Frank Marshall, Arnon Milchan, Jean-Julien Baronnet, Conor McCaughan, Fassbender and Pat Crowley are producing. Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie scripted. Regency and Ubisoft are also moving quickly on Splinter Cell, which Doug Liman will direct with Tom Hardy starring.
Cotillard is currently starring in Two Days, One Night, for which she is up for an Academy Award. She next will take the Lincoln Center stage with an oratorio of Jeanne Au Bucher, and then she will begin production on Mal de Pierre.
Cotillard, Fassbender and Kurzel are repped by CAA and she’s also repped by Agence Adequat in France.