Take a deep breath and prepare yourself…. For the first image from Assassin’s Creed featuring Michael Fassbender in full Assassin gear!
Yahoo has the exclusive. Warning: Badassery ahead.
Since it was announced in 2012 that Fassbender would be starring in and producing the movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit game, both gaming and movie fans have been speculating which protagonist from the Assassin’s Creed canon he’ll be bringing to life on the big screen.
20th Century Fox and New Regency just revealed that Fassbender will be playing Callum Lynch, a completely new character who is not from the game’s world and is created specially for the film.
The following is an early character description and premise released by the studios:
Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.
Intriguing but I do hope the filmmakers decide to keep the parkour-like action in the end! Word is that they were planning to drop the parkour influences in the fight choreography. Booo!!!
Below are a few images from the Assassin’s Creed booth at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo in June, where early key visuals as well as costumes and props from the movie were on display:
This adaptation also stars Fassbender’s Lady Macbeth i.e. Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Justin Kurzel will be at the helm – he also directed Fassbender and Cotillard as the scheming, ill-fated Lord and Lady in the anticipated adaptation of Macbeth (2015), which made its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to much acclaim.
Sadly, movie adaptations of popular games get a pretty bad rep in general. Let’s face it, they’re not exactly Oscar-worthy though I wouldn’t shy away from admitting that I enjoy the odd Mortal Kombat (1995), Street Fighter (1994) and Super Mario Bros. (1993) movie and series (Stop judging me!! It burnssss!).
But with the kind of talent that’s backing Assassin’s Creed where the likes of Kurzel, Fassbender and Cotillard are involved, could this become the first game-to-screen adaptation that is actually good? We can only hope!
Assassin’s Creed is slated to open in the US on 21 December 2016.
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