Because of role major as Magneto in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender recently had to drop out of the production of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, only to be replaced by future Mad Max Tom Hardy. It was a shame to see him go, particularly because the more Fassbender we see the better, but considering he has five films coming out in the next year, it's hard to berate him for being lazy, even more-so when he's just picked up another project.

Variety reports that Fassbender has signed on to star in Shame for director Steve McQueen (no, not THAT Steve McQueen). The film will be the second time that the actor has worked with the director, the first being the movie Hunger, which came out in 2008. In the film, Fassbender will play a character named Brandon "who is unable to manage his sex life." The project is scheduled to start production in January.

Regardless of how many times I've watched it, I continue to be impressed with Fassbender's performance in Inglourious Basterds and while his two 2010 films (Centurion and Jonah Hex) were not exactly critical smashes, he's still an interesting screen presence. With any luck, his next film, Jane Eyre, in which he stars as Edward Rochester, will help wash the bad taste of 2010 out of our mouths.

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