Fox‘s Assassin’s Creed film is a reunion for Macbeth star Michael Fassbender, director Justin Kurzel, and Lady Macbeth herself Marion Cotillard. Her character Sofia Rikkin has been seen in the trailers as the one who introduces Fassbender’s protagonist Callum Lynch to the Animus technology, allowing him to live the life of an Assassin ancestor fighting Templar enemies during the Spanish Inquisition. The Oscar-winner spoke to EW about the role and how the reunion came to be.
The Assassin’s Creed video games upon which next week’s film adaptation is based spent much of its time showing off marquee, period-specific locales from the Renaissance to the colonial America. The film flips the dynamic, with the past trips being only roughly a third of the movie, with a lot of action taking place in the present, which is where female lead Cotillard’s Sofia Rikkin resides. Though she doesn’t take part in the elaborate stunts, her character, the daughter of Abstergo founder Alan Rikkin played by Jeremy Irons, is a scientist with an altruistic goal: “a cure against violence”
“My character is a scientist, and all of her research is meant to find a cure against violence. She’s studied people her whole career, and she’s created an environment where she can use these people to get to the origin of violence and try to find a cure . . . In the world that we live in, it’s very interesting to play a character who wants to make the world a better place. At the same time, she’s using people to do so, sometimes in a very scientific way. So it’s a real paradox, what she does and how she does it. “
Cotillard joined the project on the strength of her trust in director Justin Kurzel, whom she and Fassbender has previously teamed with him for Macbeth, before even reading a script. She cited Fassbender’s passion for movies made his producer role and creative shepherd easy, and could easily see him directing in the future.
Assassin’s Creed hits theaters this Wednesday.