‘Assassin’s Creed’ Sets Free Fall Record With Leap of Faith Stunt

By August 16, 2016

After Warcraft failed to break the video game adaptation curse earlier this year, director Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed is shaping up to be the first video game film in a long time with a legitimate chance at being memorable, and for the first time ever, not for being bad. Coming off of his visceral, incredible adaptation of Macbeth last year as well, it’s hard to think of a filmmaker who seems more perfect for this particular adaptation than Kurzel.

One of the most memorable aspects of Macbeth was the film’s practical and brutal action sequences as well, which brought a real edge to the Shakespeare adaptation, and it looks like Kurzel plans on bringing that same approach to the action sequences in Assassin’s Creed. Thankfully.

If you need any more evidence of that as well, you don’t need to look much further than the newest featurette for the film, which details how the crew of Assassin’s Creed managed to recreate the iconic Leap of Faith from the games, which involved stuntman Damien Walters participating in a free fall jump from 125 ft in the air, one of the highest free falls completed by a stunt man in 35 years.

Check out the featurette below:

For added context, during the final jump, Walters is not only jumping towards a landing pad that’s 10 meters by 10 meters and from that height looks like very little more than a tiny white square, but will be hitting the bag at 61.1 MPH, in addition to having to deal with some serious whiplash from the fall. So let’s all just take a moment and applaud Damien Walters for being the bad ass he is, shall we?

Considering how impressive the jump looks in this featurette alone as well, I can only imagine what it’ll look like in the final version of the film. As for the whole movie though, I’m just going to keep my fingers completely crossed until its December release, and hope that it ends up being just as visceral, gorgeous, and weird as that initial teaser trailer made it look.

Assassin’s Creed is set to hit theatres on December 21st.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable