Video game feature film adaptations are terrible. Like, really terrible. This is a universally known fact, right? Well, it would seem that somebody forgot to tell Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel as the actor and director – who along with co-star Marion Cotillard and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw – have just come from the ferociously awesome Macbeth – have gone and done the silly thing of actually making a video game movie that looks good. Damn good, in fact! How very contrarian of them!
The movie in question is Assassin’s Creed, based on Ubisoft’s massively successful long-running franchise that sees assassins in the future living out the memories of their ancestors as they battle their eternal enemies, the Templar, throughout time to prevent them from subverting humanity’s independence. Fassbender stars as both one of these assassins and his 15th century Spanish ancestor, and after after months of teasing and hinting we can finally see him in action, running, jumping and stabbing his way through Spain, as the first trailer has finally released!
So don’t let me hold you back any longer. Have a watch below!
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.
As the Assassins’ motto says: Everything is permitted, nothing is forbidden… including a Kanye West song on the trailer for a movie set mostly in the Spanish Inquisition. Didn’t expect that, did ya?! To be fair though, Ubisoft have always used contemporary music for the soundtracks to the game trailers, so this is no different. And either way, who cares when the movie itself looks that bloody good! Damn, I’m pumped now!
Assassin’s Creed also stars Marion Cottilard and Jeremy Irons (already giving this more Oscar-winning actors than most productions, video game adaptation or not), as well as Michael K. Williams and Brendon Gleeson. It was scripted by the duo of Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Tower Heist), while Fassbender also produces. It is scheduled for release on December 21. 2016.
Last Updated: May 12, 2016