Early reports have been flooding in this morning, indicating that Robert Downey Jr. has just signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the people video game series “Assassin’s Creed”. Which character would he play? Why the renaissance-era Tony Stark himself, Leonardo Da Vinci. This would further add to the rumor that the Assassin’s Creed film will indeed take place around the events surrounding the character Ezio Auditore, the protagonist introduced in the second game.
The news was leaked via an article on MoviePilot this morning, but the website has since taken the article down without further explanation.
Assassin’s Creed is being produced by Michael Fassbender, who is also set to star in the film, presumably as Ezio. In August report from IGN, Fassbender indicated that he plans to remain as loyal to the games as possible:
“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game,” Fassbender said. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”
If you want an idea of the AC version of Leonardo Da Vinci, and how Robert Downey Jr. might portray the character, take a look at the clip below: