MICHAEL FASSBENDER / David/Walter
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.
2017 is shaping up to be another busy year with several more films scheduled for
release. Fassbender is due to be seen in Song to Song alongside Ryan Gosling,
Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara. The latest film from acclaimed director Terence
Malick saw its US premiere at SXSW Festival in Austin, TX in March.
Trespass Against Us which had its world premiere at The Toronto International
Film Festival, and then its UK premiere at The LFF, saw a January 2017 release
in the US and was released in the UK in early March. 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'.
The actor will reprise his role as android 'David' in Ridley Scott's upcoming
Alien: Covenant, opposite Katherine Waterston, releasing on May 19th, 2017. He
will then be seen in Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman opposite Rebecca Ferguson,
where he will take on the much loved role of Oslo police officer 'Harry Hole'.
The film releases in October this year.
At the end of 2016 Fassbender 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'
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 for Best 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.