Australian director Justin Kurzel is a man to watch. His first feature, the sobering coming of age drama Snowtown, was a powerful if gruelling treatise on vulnerability and compliance. His second work, an adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, recently opened in the UK to enormously positive reviews. Even from the trailer, we can see how Kurzel’s distinct visual style opens Shakespeare’s play into wide ethereal vistas.
His next film, an adaptation of UbiSoft’s popular video-game series Assassin’s Creed, will reunite the director with Fassbender and Cotillard, and now we have word the already more-than-respectable cast is expanding. Deadline reports that Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, In Bruges) and Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) will be joining the project, possibly it seems, to give the historical element to the film more credos by adding more men with impressive beards. The actors will be joining Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed in still unconfirmed roles.
Assassin’s Creed is centred around two secret society’s vying for control of the present by gaining memories of the past. Using a device named the ‘Animus’, individuals can access the memories of their ancestors. With the games moving throughout history, always following the Assassin’s in their battle against the modern day Knight’s Templar, there is a lot of room for Kurzel and his team to explore.
Assassin’s Creed will be released by 20th Century Fox in December, 2016.