It’s been a long, long road, but the long-awaited adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed video game is finally on its way. While video game movies of the past have traditionally been pretty horrible, everything seems to be pointing towards Assassin’s Creed being one of (Warcraft comes first) if not the first good video game adaptation. First off, it stars one of the best working actors of today in Michael Fassbender, who has been working to get this movie made from the very beginning. That’s just the start; Fassbender recruited his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel to helm the project, who brings in a fantastic team for the everyday behind-the-scenes work.
So yeah, I’d say there are plenty of reasons to be pretty damn excited about this one right now. I even forgot to mention the supporting cast that will fill in behind Fassbender, which includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed, and Michael K. Williams. Crazy good, right? As for the story, there isn’t a whole lot known on that front at the moment. There is an official synopsis, but that’s just more of a tease than anything else. Here it is:
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
What I’ve just come to learn is that Fassbender will be playing both Lynch and his ancestor Aguilar, which is very intriguing. I’ve never even touched any of the video games, so I’m very interested and excited to learn more about what this franchise is all about. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about it, and with a team such as this one behind it, Assassin’s Creed is not only starting to look very exciting, but it has a serious chance to be really good and the first (oh please, oh please) good video game adaptation.
Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed is set for a December 21st, 2016 release.