Michael Fassbender Begins 'Assassin's Creed' Shoot in Malta

By Rosser, Michael | Screen International, September 4, 2015 | Go to article overview

Michael Fassbender Begins 'Assassin's Creed' Shoot in Malta


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, has begun shooting in Malta.

The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, who recently directed Fassbender and Cotillard in Macbeth, and is based on the hit videogame franchise.

It is produced by New Regency, UbisoftMotion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall, with 20th Century Fox distributing.

Worldwide theatrical release is set for Dec 21, 2016.

Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who has not appeared in the game but has been created for the film.

The story centres on "a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories". Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain and discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins. He amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Additional cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed. Shooting will move to London and Spain after Malta.

Malta Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, who is also responsible for the film industry, said that Assassin's Creed is the eighth major production to film on the central Mediterranean island this year. …

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