It may seem crazy but is one of Marvel's biggest stars looking to lessen his load at the studio juggernaut and help to create a brand new franchise built on a video game? Crazy, but it could be where this Iron Man star is headed.
IGN reported on Friday that Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., would be headed to a possible new franchise, Assassin's Creed, which is led by X-Men actor Michael Fassbender. Fassbender is also executive producing the project.
Downey Jr. is rumored to be taking the role of Leonardo Da Vinci, the renowned Renaissance artist who in the video game version is a mentor to the main character, Ezio Auditore. Auditore and other main character, Desmond Miles, are expected to be played by Fassbender.
The report first came from MoviePilot, but has since been removed, and neither Fassbender or Downey Jr. have commented as to the actor joining the project.
Based on a video game of the same name, Assassin's Creed follows Miles, a bartender who is kidnapped by a group known as the Templars, who journeys using a time traveling device to other time periods and replays the memories of his ancestors. Auditore is a character who present during the Renaissance.
As of now, the project doesn't have much traction even with an expected 2015 release date set. Justin Kurzel, who also directed Fassbender in this year's Macbeth, is set to direct the movie from a script by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie.
Downey Jr. would be a monster get for the film, which could use some help with promotion after the sluggish start to production. It would also give the actor another avenue to bring in money without having to stick primarily to Marvel movies and Sherlock Holmes sequels.
The film is set right now to be released on August 7, 2015.