As part of Total Film’s coverage of the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed” film adaptation, the magazine has revealed that all of the historical sequences of the film have been shot in Spanish and will be subtitled.
The movie stars Michael Fassbender as a 21st century man who becomes the pawn in a war between two ancient guilds – the Assassins and the Templars. With the help of a machine called the Animus, he’s able to inhabit the memories of his ancestor in 15th century Spain during the time of the Inquisition.
The games usually put the focus on the historical scenes with the present day ones only occasionally a part of the story. The reverse is true of the film which will have more scenes in the 21st century than the 15th. Speaking to the mag (via Games Radar) about why they chose to do it this way, director Justin Kurzel says:
“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it. We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”
The games themselves have often played pretty fast and loose with accents – some sounding like charicature, others just plain wrong, so this marks a welcome devotion to authenticity. The film is slated to open December 21st.