If you need another video game movie fix, especially after Warcraft and Angry Birds, you don’t have to wait for too long. Ubisoft Motion Pictures recently announced a movie adaptation of their popular Assassin’s Creed franchise. The Assassin’s Creed Movie 2016 will star Michael Fassbender (X-Men Apocalypse) as the main hero, Callum Lynch.
Lynch is the descendant of a man named Aguilar, an assassin involved in a war against the Templars in the past. Following the original games’ plot, Lynch will be using a machine called the Animus throughout. The device lets him relive his ancestor’s memories for real. His experience in those memories then will let him gain the ability to survive the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars.
The Assassin’s Creed Movie 2016 is being directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth). Kurzel revealed in an interview with Total Film Magazine how he did his best to insert a sense of realism and authenticity to the film.
During the scenes in 15th century Spain for example, Kurzel opted to shoot them all in Spanish. As quoted by Gamesradar, “It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”
In addition to the language, Kurzel also made sure to make the “Leap of Faith”, as real as possible. He had Fassbender’s stunt double do an actual, wire-free 125 foot swan dive off a building. The production designers also made sure to make the weapons, suit and combat scenes as close to the games as possible. They even incorporated the game’s Parkour-style chases into the movie as well.
The Animus, however has gone through a makeover. For cinematic purposes, instead of a dentist’s chair, the Animus has become a robotic claw. Ubisoft was impressed with the way it turned out, that they are planning to include it in one of the games soon.
Fassbender will also co-star with Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael K. Williams (The Purge: Anarchy). Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) round out the rest of the cast of Assassin’s Creed Movie 2016.
The Assassin’s Creed Movie 2016 is slated for a December 21, 2016 showing.
If you’re eager to get more scenes from the film, check out the Assassin’s Creed Movie trailer below.