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Michael Fassbender (X-Men) is stepping into a new role, set to star in the forthcoming film Malko. It’s based on French author Gerard de Villiers‘ novel series S.A.S.

Fassbender will portray spy-for-hire Malko Linge. Malko is an Austrian nobleman who has a side hustle of spying. He’s a freelance CIA operative, basically a free agent.

The official description says he spent his formative years in a Nazi work camp that held captured spies, according to He grew up facing death, learned from it and has put that hard education to use in his adult life.

We meet him living in a reclaimed family manor that has been abandoned. It sounds like he’s a bit bored and goes out of his way to find action.

The description says Malko is native to Austria but also goes on to say he doesn’t have ties to a certain country. That allows him some freedom, with his loyalty lying with his employer.

The film will pull from the first book in the series, entitled Checkpoint Charlie.

Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, elaborates on what to look forward to: “This is a character with a tremendous 200 title library of amazing spy stories to draw from and we believe we have a world-class creative team in place with Michael and Eric Warren Singer as we move forward on this project.”

A release date has yet to be announced.

Is there room for a new spy on your watch list? 

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By Brigid Brown