Ubisoft has already found success with its Assassin's Creed franchise in the world of video games, with the series having sold over 70 million units to date. Since it already has a large and loyal fanbase, Ubisoft is moving the series to the big screen with the upcoming live-action film adaptation (due to reach theaters in late 2016).
It's not clear, however, when this film might take place. The Assassin's Creed game series revolves around are an ancient order that has constantly fought the Templars, who secretly manipulate governments behind closed doors. X-Men star Michael Fassbender will star and produce in Assassin's Creed, which will be helmed by Macbeth (2015) director Justin Kerzel. The cast also includes Marion Cotillard (who costarred with Fassbender in Macbeth), and recently added Ariane Labed (The Lobster) to its ranks.
Variety is reporting that The Wire and Boardwalk Empire alum Michael K. Williams is in negotiations for Assassin's Creed. Williams, should the talks work out, work film his part in Assassin's Creed later this year, after he finishes work on another big 2016 film release that he just committed to - Ghostbusters.
Williams' characters in both 2016 films have yet to be revealed, though his role in Assassin's Creed is said to be a "character has a major stake in the franchise." In fact, it seems his role could be equally as important as his co-star Michael Fassbender's going forward in the movie series. However, no other hints or details have been revealed about the character Williams is set to play.
No official plot details have been revealed about Assassin's Creed yet, though the film is reportedly going to be a new and original story (rather than being based on a video game storyline). It's been rumored that the film could take place during the Spanish Inquisition (with Fassbender playing multiple roles), but that's not at all a given yet. The film is set to begin production in September 2015, so hopefully it won't be long until we learn something a little more substantial regarding the Assassin's Creed movie.
Given that Williams is set to have a bigger role in the sequel, it seems as if Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox are planning far ahead with this franchise. Whether or not these big plans pan out depends on if they can find a large audience for the Assassin's Creed film when it hits theaters next year. However, with a great cast and director already attached to the project, Assassin's Creed may yet end up being a hit.
Assassin’s Creed arrives in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2016.