Dark Phoenix, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto)
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Michael Fassbender is one of the leading actors of his generation. Known for his ability to fully immerse himself in a character, he has carved a career which spans both independent and blockbuster films, garnering critical acclaim and awards recognition for multiple projects from Hunger through to X Men: Days of Future Past. The Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominated actor was born in Germany and raised in Killarney, Ireland, and is a graduate of the prestigious Drama Centre. Fassbender also has a production company, DMC Films, through which he has been developing and producing projects for the last few years.
Fassbender will soon begin work on David Sandberg’s action-comedy Kung Fury. David Hasselhoff, who appeared in the original Kung Fury and sang the theme song, rounds out the cast. Released in 2015, Kung Fury was a Kickstarter record-breaking success, was selected for the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and has gained over 40 million views worldwide. The action is set in 1985 Miami, which is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner.
October 2017 saw Fassbender taking on the role of ‘Harry Hole’ in Thomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s acclaimed crime thriller The Snowman, opposite Rebecca Ferguson. In the same year, the actor also reprised his role as android ‘David’ in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, opposite Noomi Rapace and Katherine Waterston in May. Michael also completed work on X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This latest instalment in the hugely popular franchise will be directed by Simon Kinberg and will hit screens in 2019.
Other projects released last year include Song to Song, the latest film from acclaimed director Terence Malick, co-starring Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara. The film premiered at SXSW Festival in Austin. He was also seen in Trespass Against Us, which had its world premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival, and then its UK premiere at The LFF, releasing in January 2017 in the US, and early March in the UK. The film co-stars Brendan Gleeson and Lyndsey Marshall and was written by Alistair Siddons. Fassbender also received a BIFA nomination for his role as ‘Chad’.
At the end of 2016 Michael was seen starring in Assassin’s Creed, the screen adaptation of the massive Ubisoft game series. Fassbender took on two roles, that of ‘Callum Lynch’ as well as his ancestor ‘Aguilar’. The narrative moves between present day and 15th Century Spain, during the Spanish Inquisition. The incredible cast includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Michael K. Williams, and was directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown Murders, Macbeth). 2016 also saw Fassbender in the film adaptation of ML Steadman’s bestselling novel The Light Between Oceans. Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines) and co-starring Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, the film saw received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2015, Fassbender received multiple nominations for his critically acclaimed performance as ‘Steve Jobs’, in Danny Boyle’s film about the Apple founder. Reviews were glowing, with critics lauding his performance saying ‘Fassbender gives a towering performance of savage wit and limitless firepower’ (Rolling Stone), which ‘leaves Jobs fascinatingly elusive, both genius and sociopath’ (Empire).
Fassbender is fortunate to have collaborated with several applauded directors multiple times during his career. In 2015 he took on the much revered role of ‘Macbeth’ in Justin Kurzel’s dark and visceral retelling of the Scottish Play. Marion Cotillard starred opposite him as ‘Lady Macbeth’. In 2012 and 2013 Fassbender worked with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and The Counsellor respectively. Also in 2013, he reteamed with Steve McQueen for the highly acclaimed Twelve Years a Slave. He received Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit nominations for Best Supporting Actor, for his role as plantation owner ‘Edwin Epps’, while the movie won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, PGA and Broadcast Critics Choice Awards. Previous to that, Fassbender’s performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger won critical acclaim, and following the film’s Camera D’Or winning premiere at Cannes in 2008, Fassbender scooped up numerous awards including the British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) and the London Film Critics Circle Award forBest Actor. Again with Steve McQueen, he took on the role of a sex addict in Shame, which won him the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, the Irish Film & Television Award, and BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.
In 2011, Fassbender was seen as the young ‘Magneto’ opposite James McAvoy’s ‘Professor X’ in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class which he reprised his role with follow up films; X Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X Men: Apocalypse (2016). He was also seen as ‘Carl Jung’ opposite Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Sigmund Freud’ in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and as ‘Edward Rochester’ opposite Mia Wasikowska in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. Fassbender was the recipient of numerous international awards and nominations in recognition of his performances in more than one film including the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for Jane Eyre and Shame, the London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Actor for Shame and A Dangerous Method, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor for X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, and Shame, and the National Board of Review’s Spotlight Award for A Dangerous Method, X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame.
Other notable projects include; Slow West, with Ben Mendelsohn and produced by DMC Films. The Western received critical acclaim upon its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, as did 2014’s Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with Domnhall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Zack Snyder’s 300 with Gerard Butler and Lena Headey. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds opposite Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, British horror Eden Lake with Kelly Reilly and Jack O’Connell, Francois Ozon’s Angel, Joel Schumacher’s Town Creek, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, Jimmy Hayward’s Jonan Hex and HBO series Band of Brothers from Tom Hanks and Steve Spielberg.