Michael Fassbender: Assassin's Creed Isn't Like Star Wars

Posted 2016/11/27 9157 0

Michael Fassbender advises the fans to keep an open mind and not compare the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie to Star Wars in the terms of morality.


In just five years, Michael Fassbender has cemented himself as one of Hollywood's most notable talents. He played Magneto in the "First Class" trilogy of X-Men movies, he appeared in Prometheus as David (a role he's reprising next year in Alien: Covenant) and he portrayed Steve Jobs last year in the appropriately-titled Jobs. Those are just a few of his notable projects, but next month, moviegoers will see him as both Callum Lynch and Aguilar de Nerha in the Assassin's Creed cinematic adaptation. While the movie promises plenty of blockbuster action, Fassbender doesn't want people comparing it to the likes of Star Wars in terms of how it tackles morality.

The 39-year-old German-Irish actor insists the film doesn't have a distinct sense of good and evil, as both sides can be ''hypocritical''.

'It's not like Star Wars, where you've got the light side and the dark side," Fassbender told Empire magazine.

''This is very ambiguous morally. Both of these parties, the Templars and the Assassins, are hypocritical at certain points.

"There are not clear-cut good and bad characters. I think it's a little more provocative for an audience to see that. You know, 'Should I be feeling that? Should I be backing this character?' That's always fun.''

The comparisons with Assassin’s Creed games are fair to a point centering on the protagonists who act on the side of the righteous. They will kill but it’s for the greater good and for wanton change to battle corruption they see. Like the Jedi, however, some do get seduced by the dark forces and become as corrupt as the elements they’re fighting. Assassins, as it turns out, almost comes in many flavors and battle that thin moral line like the Jedi of Star Wars.

The film’s plot centers on technology that allows Callum Lynch (Fassbender) to experience the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, Assassins Creed also stars Marion Cotillard as Sophia Rikkin, Jeremy Irons as Alan Rikkin, Brendan Gleeson as Joseph Lynch, Michael K. Williams as both Moussa and Baptiste Charlotte Rampling. The movie will give the audience a chance to explore a modern world and the history of Spanish Inquisition on December 21st.