Michael Fassbender

Hollywood heartthrob Michael Fassbender is bringing the iconic video game Assassin's Creed to life in his latest film.

The 12 Assassin's Creed games have sold nearly 100 million copies worldwide and gamers will have high expectations of the movie adaptation.

Fassbender spoke to Lateline about gaming, films, and how he prepared for the physically demanding role.

The Irish star, is also producing Assassin's Creed. He sees it as a potential three-film franchise.

"These sort of films tend to be," he told Sydney Morning Herald during a promotional visit to the city. "If you're doing over the $100 million mark, in general people are looking for a series of films."

The game, inspired by Vladimir Bartol's​ novel Alamut, centres on the clash over the centuries between a secret order of Assassins, who believe in free will, and their controlling enemies, the Templars.

Fassbender plays a prisoner on death row who gets a second chance at life as the subject of an experimental technology that unlocks genetic memories. It takes him back to fighting as an assassin in 15th-century Spain.

"I thought 'wow, this is really fascinating'. This concept of DNA memory, genetic memory, it seemed to be something like what people call a sixth sense or instinct. This knowledge and experience that we have passed down from our ancestors to us," Fassbender told SMH.

Speaking to Empire, Fassbender said of his character: "It's not like Star Wars, where you've got the light side and the dark side. 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."

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