MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Magneto/Erik Lensherr) 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 that spans both independent and
blockbuster films, and garnered 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 is currently reprising the role of 'Magneto' in Dark Phoenix,
following his appearance in X-Men First Class (2011), X Men: Days of Future Past
(2014) and X Men: Apocalypse (2016). Michael 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. 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
the android David in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opposite Naomi Rapace and
Katherine Waterston in May.
Michael was also seen in Song to Song from acclaimed director Terence Malick,
co-starring Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara. The film premiered at
the SXSW Film 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, before being released in January 2017 in the US and then
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 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 and 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, The Place Beyond
the Pines), and co-starring Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, the film 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 towering performance of savage wit and limitless
firepower" (Rolling Stone) and "leaves Jobs fascinatingly elusive, both genius
and sociopath" (Empire).
Fassbender is fortunate to have collaborated with applauded directors
multiple times during his career. 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 and the Irish Film & Television
Award, as well as 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, and he reprised his role in
the 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 Brad 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.