Call me optimistic, but I am legitimately looking forward to next year’s film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. After landing one of the best actors of our generation with Michael Fassbender as the lead role, the film had a number of development troubles along the way, before bringing on Macbeth director Justin Kurzel at the helm, and filling out the rest of what has ended up being an incredibly solid cast with Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and more.
Following our first look at Michael Fassbender in costume a few months ago, and a number of set photos that have been released since, Empire has officially revealed two new stills from the film online, that tease Fassbender’s present day Callum Lynch, as well as his 15th century Spanish ancestor, Aguilar.
Check out the images below:
The film itself follows the same basic structure as any of the Assassin’s Creed games, as a present day Lynch is forced to live through the life of one of his Assassin ancestors (Aguilar) through the use of a futuristic technology called the Animus. Through his adventures, Callum must learn to fight and defend himself like his ancestor before him, in the continued war against the modern day Templars.
Predictably, Fassbender already looks amazing in these two roles, bringing an intensity to these images alone. As someone who was a big fan of Kurzel’s Macbeth this year as well (read my review here), the reunion between the director, Fassbender, and Marion Cotillard would be enough to make me excited for any new movie, let alone an Assassin’s Creed film. With cinematographer Adam Arkapaw reuniting with Kurzel as well for this one, we can at least know that the film’s action and visuals will possibly be the most breathtaking that any video game adaptation has given us yet.
Whether or not the story will live up to its visuals will be the biggest question going into Assassin’s Creed next year, but while some people left Macbeth emotionally cold, the Shakespeare adaptation has stuck with me fairly consistently in the weeks since I saw it. With both this and Duncan Jones’ ambitious Warcraft next year as well, is it possible that 2016 could finally break the video game adaptation curse? Going off of these two photos alone – it certainly seems like it.
Assassin’s Creed is set to hit theatres on December 21st, 2016.
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