20th Century Fox has announced that the first trailer for the “Assassin’s Creed” film is slated to go online on Wednesday. Ahead of that launch, two new photos from the Justin Kurrzel-directed film are out along with new details about it from a feature article in The Los Angeles Times.
Michael Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch, an alienated, violent drifter who discovers that he is descended from a 15th century Spanish assassin named Aguilar. Recruited by a corporation called Abstergo Industries, Lynch taps into his ancestral memories via a device called the Animus to gain the know-how to fight the Assassins’ age-old nemeses, the Templars.
Fassbender’s character is different from the bartender Desmond Miles character of the game series, and there’s a reason for that says the actor:
“Callum doesn’t belong to anything, doesn’t have a family. We thought it would be interesting to have somebody that was disconnected be faced with what it means to join something so sacrificial.”
Kurzel says they focused more on getting the story right than being loyal to the game:
“I spent most of my time with the story and the real history. That was my main focus – not so much forensically going through every aspect of the game. It was: How do you make this into a piece of cinema?”
The film, which reportedly cost over $150 million to produce, opens December 21st.