The film adaptation for the highly popular action game series Assassin’s Creed is beginning to take shape.
According to Forbes, the movie is set to begin production in September, a month before the newest Assassin’s Creed game, Syndicate, is due to hit shelves.
The film was first announced in 2012. At that time, the BBC reported, actor Michael Fassbender had signed up for the lead role in the film adaptation. It was reported that the film is being independently produced by Ubisoft, which also developed the games in the Assassin’s Creed series, after talks with Sony broke down.
The company had described Fassbender as its “first choice” for the lead role in the movie, although it did not specify any details as to whether Fassbender would be playing the role of game protagonist Desmond Miles or a different character entirely.
Desmond Miles figured prominently in the first Assassin’s Creed games as a modern-day Assassin who explores the genetic memories of his ancestors Altair in the first Assassin’s Creed game, Ezio Auditore in the Assassin’s Creed 2 mini-series and Connor in Assassin’s Creed 3.
There have been no details on the film adaptation for three years, but news is now surfacing about additional cast members set to join Fassbender when shooting begins in September.
According to Variety, Michael K. Williams will join the production after wrapping up his scenes in Sony’s Ghostbusters. Williams’ role was not specified, but it was hinted that he would have a prominent role in this film and in the upcoming sequel.
The Venture Capital Post also reported that French actress Ariane Labed had signed on to the film as well. Just like Williams, there were no details released as to what role Labed would play in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film.
The film is set to be released on December 21, 2016, and will be directed by Justin Kurzel.