If you’re like me, the first time you played Assassin’s Creed was a breathtaking experience, one that left you floored while weaving your medieval hitman through the streets of ancient Jerusalem (or Renaissance Florence, if you didn’t jump onboard until the superior second game). The photorealistic light; the swift action and gore; the parkour! It was like watching a movie! Clearly, others others thought so too, including Michael Fassbender.
Thus enter the Assassin’s Creed movie, which is right around the corner and sooner than you might think. Indeed, the hit video game is making the leap to the big screen, and unlike countless other attempts, this one has the mindful pedigree of its original creators, now in the form of the Ubisoft Motion Pictures production company, joining forces with 20th Century Fox to bring the beloved title to the screen. Also, more promisingly, Fassbender has partnered with his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel on the project, which also includes Frank Marshall as producer, and Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and Michael K. Williams as amongst the rest of its cast. This might just be one video game adaptation that has more than a fighting chance.
Assassin’s Creed Movie Clips
We’ve got a new clip for Assassin’s Creed. In it, we see some context for all of that roof-jumping and free-falling we have gotten in the trailer so far. Perhaps most interestingly, we see the intercutting between Callum Lynch’s actions in the 15th century with his actions in the present-day — aka how the Animus works.
We also get some more interaction between Fassbender’s Lynch and Marion Cottilard’s Sophia Rikkin. As Lynch is poised to head into his free fall in the Animus, Sophia tells him to “Jump!” Watch it for yourself…
We’re getting some The Mask of Zorrovibes from the first Assassin’s Creedclip. (And, yes, that’s a compliment.) In it, we see Michael Fassbender’s racing to save a little boy locked in a caged carriage before it plummets off a cliff. Because stakes. Check it out for yourself…
In the first clip for the Assassin’s Creed movie, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard utilize the Animus for the first time. By the looks of things, Abstergo’s way of traveling into the past is going to be far more complicated than the passive version of the video games, not least of all because it apparently attaches to your spine. This certainly gives new meaning to “muscle memory,” at least…
Assassin’s Creed Movie Trailers
Here’s the third (and most likely final) trailer for Assassin’s Creed and, while the previous promos focused on the Spanish Inquisition-era action, this one gives us more present-day plot context than ever before. Check it out…
The end-of-year movie season is nigh and with it, we are getting final glimpses of what to expect from all the wide releases to come, including Christmas’ Assassin’s Creed, so as an early yuletide treat, here is a new TV spot from the film with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Also, here are the trailers that were previously released.
And if you really must absolutely listen to Kanye again, here is the original Assassin’s Creed movie trailer, as well.
Assassin’s Creed Movie Release Date
The movie will be jumping into theaters like a bladed disciple of Hassan-i Sabbah on Dec. 21, 2016. So don’t say, you did not expect the Spanish Inquisition on that date!
Assassin’s Creed Movie Story
The official Assassin’s Creed synopsis reads as:
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
However, we learned more from our set visit about the actual plot of the movie. As revealed in the trailer, Callum Lynch is on death row in Texas for the murder of a pimp who had been abusing women. Yet, because Abstergo supplied the drugs meant to stop his heart, few realized that he was actually put in a coma and flown to Madrid where, for all intents and purposes, he is the property of Jeremy Irons’ Alan Rikkin.
Using the Animus, they will travel back into Cal’s DNA memories to 1491 Spain where his ancestor Aguilar has just been fully recruited and accepted into the Assassins Guild. As a new member, Aguilar is struggling against the sudden rise of the Spanish Inquisition (nobody ever expects these guys!). Likely involving a Piece of Eden, the Inquisition is led by famed Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada, who becomes enemy number one for the Assassins, and we can expect at least grand swashbuckling fight scene with heretics on fire at the stake, and the king and queen of Spain in attendance, at the Auto-da-fé.
However, you should know upfront that Assassin’s Creed as a movie will spend a lot less time in the past than the games. According to producer Patrick Crowley during my set visit, fans can expect the ratio between time spent in 2016 and 1491 to be about 65 percent/35 percent. Still expect plenty of time in the modern world to lead to a grand uprising all its own.
Here is also a featurette about building off the mythology of the film:
Assassin’s Creed Movie Cast
Obviously, one of the things that immediately stands out about Assassin’s Creed is the top-notch cast it has assembled. Despite being a video game adaptation, everything about the project speaks a certain level of prestigious sincerity, not least of all from Michael Fassbender himself.
We chatted with Michael Fassbender during our visit on the Assassin’s Creed set last year in London, which you can read all of here. While Fassbender only started playing the series when the project first came to him, he has spent six years patiently developing the film. One of the key interests for him is its moral ambiguity.
“And also what I liked about it is it’s not like Star Wars where you have the Dark Side and the Light,” Fassbender told me. “Both of these factions, they contradict each other all the time; they contradict themselves all the time. And they’re hypocritical of their beliefs. And I thought that was cool. So morally, you have a very gray area that they are working in, and I thought that was unusual for this sort of type of film and also a lot more interesting.”
In the film, Fassbender plays dual roles: he is both Callum Lynch, a man living in modern day, as well as Aguilar, Cal’s 15th century ancestor living in 1491 Spain.
The film also stars Marion Cotillard as Dr. Sophia Rikkin, who is the doctor from Abstergo who most works with Cal. She wishes to trace the psychological origin of violence or “evil,” as if it were a disease, and uses the reality-warping powers of the Animus to explore ancestors’ past. Jeremy Irons plays her father Alan Rikkin who is the head of Abstergo, or at least the Madrid facility that Cal will spend much of the movie in. He is using the Animus for more nefarious purposes by exploring Cal’s past. Among the other “patients” (Sophia refuses to call the m prisoners) at the Madrid Abstergo facility is Michael Kenneth Williams’ Moussa, a man whose reality is already blurring with his ancient ancestor Baptiste, a 200-year-old voodoo assassin/sorcerer. During our set visit, we glimpsed voodoo dolls that Moussa/Baptiste is discreetly keeping in his rec room.
The film also stars Arian Labed as fellow ancient assassin Maria, and Brendan Gleeson as the mysterious Joseph.
Assassin’s Creed Movie Images
Below are the official images from the new video game adaptation!