We got our first glimpse of the Assassin's Creed movie 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, 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 - 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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