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Fassbender on Assassin's Creed: "Weve got something special"

We got our first glimpse of the Assassin's Creed movie (opens in new tab) last week with new official stills showing Michael Fassbender in his hooded garb as member of the Brotherhood Aguilar and as the distinctly less hooded Callum Lynch. The movie finished shooting at the weekend and in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Fassbender confirmed that he's feeling confident.

"It was great. It was a huge learning experience," he said. "To be a producer on it as well was very educational. I think we’ve got something special. I think we’ve done something original in this genre." As video game movies go, we've clearly not had much luck but the combined talents of Fassbender, director Justin Kurzel and actors such as Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons certainly lends a gravitas to proceedings.

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When it comes to the character of Callum Lynch, Fassbender isn't giving too much away. "He is an outsider. He’s been institutionalized from his early teens. He’s a little bit of a lost soul of sorts. He starts to identify [his] lineage and where he comes from in a way."

This identification process comes via trips into the past to visit ancestor and Spanish Assassin, Aguilar and an involvement with modern Templar corporation Abstergo. Add in Jeremy Irons as the seriously evil Abstergo head Alan Rikkin - hear his menacing voicemail here (opens in new tab) - and things start to get interesting. Let's hope for a trailer soon.

Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, Assassin's Creed hits US cinemas on December 21, 2016 and the UK December 26, 2016.

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.