Since 2009 when he treated audiences to a double dose of brooding swagger in Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds, Michael Fassbender has been a hotly sought after star. Since then landing lead roles in big flashy Hollywood fair like X-Men: First Class and Prometheus hasn’t kept him from tackling risky indies like Shame, where he was forced to bare all, and the upcoming Frank, where he was asked to hide his insanely handsome face altogether. It seems clear that Fassbender is more interested in risky endeavors than he is sure bets, so it makes sense he’s not shying away from the narrative feature debut of music video and TV director Adam Smith.
Variety reports Fassbender has entered into negotiations to front Smith’s gangster-centered drama Trespass Against Us. The screenplay penned by Alastair Siddons follows the trials and travails of the Cutler family, who over three generations live as outlaws, poaching for game, robbing affluent households, and sneering at police authority. But their twisted family ties become too much for Chad Cutler, who begins to look for a way to break away from his family and out of the criminal life and legacy they hold dear. Should he sign on, Fassbender would play reluctant thug Chad.
While Trespass Against Us marks Smith’s first narrative film, he has helmed a string of episodes of British shows like the teen soap opera Skins, the romantic drama mini-series Little Dorrit, and the cult phenomenon Doctor Who If Fassbender commits to the project it will be his first collaboration with Smith. But some of Smith’s past collaborators have already signed up to give Trespass Against Us a dynamic soundtrack.
The Chemical Brothers, whose spectacular Fuji Rock Festival concert was the focus of Smith’s documentary The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think will be creating the score for Trespass Against Us. Their lauded reputation, which includes four Grammy Awards, will likely help sell the filmat the American Film Market next week, where producers Protagonist Pictures will look for pre-sale distributors. Of course, word that Fassbender could join the pic certainly won’t hurt either.
Trespass Against Us is scheduled to begin production in the United Kingdom in 2014. In the meantime, Fassbender is at work shooting the Western Slow West in New Zealand with writer-director John Maclean. Then in January of next year, he’ll portray the title character of Macbeth in a movie adaptation co-starring Marion Cotillard. But why wait for those movies, when Fassbender can be seen in theaters now, either in the critically celebrated 12 Years a Slave or in the critically reviled The Counselor.
Hold on to your hats– awards season has started already. We’re still months away from Oscar nominations and Golden Globes and all that, but the nominees for the first major awards show of the season were announced today, with 12 Years A Slave walking away as the big winner.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will be handed out on December 2, routinely honor some of the most adventurous and low-profile independent films of the year, but this year they went in for some star power as well– 12 Years A Slave is a Fox Searchlight release starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt among others, and the Best Feature nominees also included the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, the Richard Linklater threequel Before Midnight and the Rooney Mara-Casey Affleck-starring Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Rounding out the Best Feature category is Upstream Color, from indie wonder Shane Carruth– like Midnight and Saints, it was a sensation at Sundance earlier this year.
Adding Best Actress and Best Actor categories for the first time this year, the Gothams singled out several Oscar hopefuls– Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Robert Redford can all expect many more nominations from here out– but also some surprises, including a nod for Isaiah Washington in the grim indie Blue Caprice and for Scarlett Johansson’s bawdy work in Don Jon. The Breakthrough Actor category, which includes both genders, included a range of familiar faces (comic actress Kathryn Hahn, who turned lead with Afternoon Delight, and future Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan) along with newcomers, like 12 Years A Slave’s breakthrough star Lupita Nyong’o, who made her screen debut in the film.
Michael Fassbender is currently winning praise for his riveting performance as a malicious slave owner in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. But as he does press for the picture, he has shared some surprising news about an upcoming project with Ubisoft. The video game company has been moving into feature films with a movie adaptation of their popular game series Assassin’s Creed, which Fassbender is set to front and help produce. But if you’re thinking the captivating leading man signed on to this project because of his love of the game, you’d be wrong.
Asked for an update on the project’s development, Fassbender confessed to The Daily Beast:
“That’s definitely happening. We’re just developing the script at the moment. I’d heard of it but had never played the game. I don’t have a video game player … that’s not what they’re called. [Laughs] I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they told me the story behind it, and I thought it was very interesting—the idea of reliving memories.”
The concept of Assassin’s Creed centers on a long line of assassin’s whose shared bloodline allows descendants to access the memories of their predecessors with the help of a device called Animus. When Ubisoft first considered adapting the game to a movie, they sent out surveys to their gamers asking which Assassin’s Creed protagonist they’d like to see a movie focus on, fifteenth century Italian noble Ezio Auditore da Firenze or Desmond Miles, a modern-day American bartender who long ago fled his life as an assassin, only to be sucked in again. Apparently, they picked Miles, as that is who Fassbender is said to play.
Fassbender signed on to headline Assassin’s Creed back in the summer of 2012. But it wasn’t until January of this year that a writer had been found to translate the time traveling-centric video game into an action adventure script that Ubisoft hopes will prove a solid foundation on which to build their film empire. Also in the works at Ubisoft Entertainment are a movie for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon that Michael Bay has the option to helm, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star.
While fans of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise are likely shaking their head at Fassbender’s ignorance of the game, it’s not terribly unusual that an actor knows little to nothing about the movie’s source material. We hear that again and again whether it’s a movie based on a popular book or on remake of a well-known feature. Still, as a producer on the picture you’d think he’d want some insight into what the players appreciate about the game. Of course with Assassin’s Creed slated to hit theaters on May 22, 2015, Fassbender has got some time to do his research, and by that I mean play copious amounts of Assassin’s Creed. First, he’ll need to get one of those pesky video game players.
I’ve added brand new layouts here and in the gallery featuring the new *gorgeous* GQ photoshoot! Hope you like it!
Hello everyone! I’ve finally added the Photoshoots section to the gallery, there are currently 47 sessions, including some new ones. Here are some previews, enjoy!
The promotion for The Counselor has begun! Here are pictures, thanks Lilly!
In preparation for the Ridley Scott-directed and Cormac McCarthy-penned thriller, watch our November cover star have a surreal, subtext-laden encounter with Game of Thrones’s Natalie Dormer. From GQ.com
I’ve also made screen caps of the video:
More pictures from Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival where Michael is promoting 12 Years a Slave. Thanks Luciana:
Pictures from the premiere of 12 Years A Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival are up in the gallery, thanks Luciana