Michael Fassbender to Get Gangster While Backed by a Chemical Brothers Beat in ‘Trespass Against Us’


We’ve recently seen him play an unhinged plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave and a morally compromised lawyer in The Counselor, and now it’s looking like Michael Fassbender is going to make his next role that of a reluctant gangster in a movie called Trespass Against Us that’s coming from screenwriter Alastair Siddons and first time dramatic feature director Adam Smith.

A report from Variety says that Fassbender is currently in negotiations to play one of the lead roles of the film, that of a character named Chad Cutler. Trespass Against Us is set to detail the lives of three generations of a family full of law breakers, with Fassbender’s character being the young black sheep who wants to turn his back on the brood’s rowdy ways in order to become more respectable. Due to the Cutler family’s lives being so out there, Siddons’ script is said to be “infused with action, crime and a strong sense of humor,” but it’s nice to hear that Fassbender would be joining as a more conflicted character. He’s too much of an actor’s actor to be stuck playing a one note devilish rogue. Why not give him the chance to add some pathos to his sly grin?

Seeing as he’s basically the most fascinating to watch actor getting regular roles in the movie industry today, all Trespass Against Us would have to do in order to get our attention is make the Fassbender signing official, but it turns out that he’s not the only trick this project has up its sleeve—it’s pretty much guaranteed to have an amazing score as well.

You see, Smith made his bones as a director doing things like documentaries and music films, including the concert film The Chemical Brothers—Don’t Think, and it looks like he’s calling in a favor from his old days filming performances to come up with the tunes for this gangster picture, because Variety also reports that The Chemical Brothers are set to write and perform its original score. As we saw when the brothers did the music for Joe Wright’s Hanna, that’s likely going to be a very good thing. Prepare to put on your dancing shoes and boogie along to images of Michael Fassbender being bad, because it sounds like this one is setting itself up to be a damned good time at the cinema.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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