Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson cast in the Fassbender Assassin’s Creed movie


I can’t believe I’m typing this, but… the Assassin’s Creed film might actually be good. Wow, that felt weird. It has the potential to be good, at least, so long as the script isn’t complete toilet. 

Jeremy Irons (I bet he bloody doesn’t) and Brendan Gleeson are now slated to appear opposite Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the movie. In a Deadline exclusive, it was revealed that Irons and Gleeson play the fathers of Cotillard and Fassbender respectively.

Both are brilliant actors, with Gleeson turning in sterling work in his role in In Bruges, and Irons winning an Academy Award back in 1990 for his leading role in Reversal of Fortune. Both are veteran actors, and it seems like a big casting win for the Assassin’s Creed film.

No doubt the fact that the videogame series has sold over 91million copies is doing its bit to attract the talent. Let’s hope it isn’t ruined by sticking too rigidly to its source material. Suspending your disbelief at someone diving 200ft into a cart of hay is fine and well in a videogame, but I can only see it looking sillier than the overdesigned outfits when translated to film.

Justin Kurzel, who recently worked with Cottilard and Fassbender in Macbeth, is directing, so at least the three of them should be comfortable working together.

The Assassin’s Creed movie is due on December 21, 2016.

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