Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's Creed

First Look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed Movie


Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive first look at Michael Fassbender in costume for the enigmatic live action Assassin’s Creed film based on the video game franchise of the same name. Have a look!

Michael Fassbender Assassins Creed Movie

You can make out the stylized Assassin emblem on the front of the hood. It’s a little hard to make out what the symbol in the center of the “A” is supposed to be. The robe also seems to be less armored that that of other assassins we’ve met in the series. Dual hidden blades are better than one.

So who is this assassin Fassbender is playing? Not a character from the games it turns out, but an original character who’ll fit into the world of the games. The picture might confuse you but apparently he’ll be playing present day Callum Lynch, who discovers that he has a 15th century Spanish ancestor named Aguilar, a member of the Assassin Order.

So, then why is Fassbender himself in the period garb and Assassin gear? The most obvious explanation would be that the movie is going with technological details form the earlier Assassin games. See, in the original Assassin’s Creed, the Animus – that’s the virtual reality platform that allows users to relive the memories of their ancestors by accessing genetic memories – stands you in for your ancestor physically and verbally. So, Fassbender will appear as himself in the present and when he’s reliving his ancestors’ memories in the past. Lynch will learn assassin skills from his ancestors in order to pursue present day agents of the Assassins’ mortal enemies the Knights Templar.

If that sounds a bit confusing, I agree, which brings me to my big concern. The technobabble/non-linear narrative/alien-scavenger-hunt plot of the Assassins Creed series is much more suited to the games because games can be experienced at any pace the player wants. You can cram the open world of a video game full of details and stretch a multi-tiered narrative over dozens of hours in a game, but not in a movie.

Is it too much to hope that at least for the first big screen iteration of Assassin’s Creed we can just stick to the perfectly rich and convoluted-enough historical narrative? Trailer please?

15th century Spain is at least a great period for an Assassin’s Creed story. You had the beginnings of Spanish Imperialism and competition with Portugal, the Inquisition and persecution of Muslims and Jews and King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella’s tumultuous reign.

Audiences will learn the Assassin’s Creed in theaters December 21st, 2016.

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