Michael Fassbender explains why he was “salivating” to do The Killer

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David Fincher's hotly-anticipated new movie The Killer had its star Michael Fassbender "salivating" at the prospect to be in it.

The Shame actor recently explained he was figuratively frothing at the mouth at the idea of playing the lead role in such a film — and if you've seen the trailer, it's easy to guess why such a fast-paced, nerve-wracking neo-noir could tickle his fancy.

"This is the type of film I was salivating to do," Fassbender told Empire directly from the set of The Killer, before the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. "There's suspense and intrigue. A slow drip. I love that kind of movie."

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Premiered at Venice International Film Festival, Fincher's new thriller is an adaption of the French graphic novel of the same name written by Alexis 'Matz' Nolent and illustrated by Luc Jacamon.

After a hit job gone wrong, the unnamed protagonist (known only as The Killer) is hunted down by his employers on an international manhunt as he battles his own demons and reminds himself to "stick to the plan" under any circumstances.

Alongside leading man Fassbender, The Killer stars Charles Parnell as The Killer's handler Hodges, Sophie Charlotte as The Killer's girlfriend Magdala, Kerry O'Malley as Dolores, and Tilda Swinton in the role of assassin The Expert.

Sala Baker, Arliss Howard, Emiliano Pernía, and Gabriel Polanco also feature.

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The film marks Fincher's return behind the camera after 2020 biopic Mank on the life of Hollywood screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz (portrayed by Gary Oldman), best known for penning the script of Orson Welles's Citizen Kane.

Just like Mank, The Killer will benefit from a double release, landing on Netflix one month after debuting in theatres.

The Killer is released in select cinemas in October and on Netflix from November 10.

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