Assassin's Creed just added two big name stars to its cast with Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, according to Deadline. They join an already stacked ensemble that includes Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, and Ariane Labed.
Irons will be playing the father of Cotillard's character, while Gleeson will be playing the father of Fassbender's character, although we don't know if he's the father of the modern day Callum Lynch or Aguilar, his decendent from 15th Century Spain.
Assassin's Creed is based on the popular video game franchise which has sold more than 91 million copies worldwide. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) experiences 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.
While film adaptations of video games rarely turn out well, I have high hopes for this one, especially with a cast this strong. Justin Kurzel, who directed both Fassbender and Cotillard in this year's Macbeth, is directing.
Principle photography on Assassin's Creed recently began on August 31, 2015 and it will be released on December 21, 2016.