According to a press release from Ubisoft, the video game company has partnered with New Regency to develop their Assassin’s Creed movie. The project is moving forward quickly because of one reason: Michael Fassbender.

The actor has moved fluidly between the mainstream world (X-Men: First Class), the indie world (A Dangerous Method) and the niche indie world (everything he’s done with Steve McQueen), but taking this role might be the first major opportunity for him to headline a big film without an ensemble at his side.

Which is excellent. Fassbender is unarguably skilled, and it’s been amazing to see him bob and weave with success around a filmmaking landscape that’s difficult to navigate. There’s still a long way to go with this thing, but the game is popular, and the basic concept should translate easily to a movie that involves a lot of action and violence. It’s easy to see how Fassbender would be the right actor for the job.

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