Now that Game of Thrones is done for another year, I decided to give The Wire another watch where I was quickly reminded just how brilliant Michael K. Williams was in that show, and has been sorely misused in films thereafter. Besides his stint in Boardwalk Empire (a show that had ups and downs) Omar Little is one of the coolest, most complex anti-hero ever to grace the screen and is a huge credit to the star, who will hopefully be getting a bigger shot having landed roles in both Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, and Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed.
Variety reports that Williams has apparently landed a rather secretive role in the upcoming videogame adaptation that will see him join Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed (who is taking over from Alicia Vikander after turning down the role). Both Fassbender and Cotillard have already worked with Kurzel on the eye-wateringly wonderful looking take on Macbeth he’s put together and considering the universe of Assassin’s Creed could be put to great use here too.
Based on a game series that stretches back to 2007, Assassin’s Creed will see Fassbender as a mild-mannered bartender by the name of Desmond Miles who is enlisted by a mysterious organisation to find major historical artefacts. Only skilled with making a few cocktails when requested, the company instead delve into Desmond’s memories to link back to his ancestors who were part of lethal and heroic league of assassins.
As stated though, clearly this isn’t enough action for Williams this year, as he’s also put his name down to help the new proton pack-wielding heroes in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters film. Keeping just as quiet on the part there too, what Variety do know is that he’ll be playing a character called Hawkins. Joining him for the fun are Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York as well as Mike McLintock who will be playing a fella by the name of Rourke. Aren’t we just the fountain of knowledge today?
It’s a very mixed bag for Williams but one that we can’t wait to see him dive in to. With these two lined up The Wire star will be working on Ghostbusters first before joining a rooftop scaling Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed. Expect him to deliver on both – oh, indeed.