After years of delays and false starts, the Assassin’s Creed movie is finally happening and there’s visual evidence. That’s Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, the star of the film and a brand new character, so as to not mess with the history of the video games series.
That series features an evil company called Abstergo, which created Animus. It’s technology that allows people to relive the “genetic history” of their ancestors. As you’d expect, they don’t use the tech for the best reasons but the Assassin’s Order does. They use it to train modern assassin’s through the genes of great assassins of the past.
So in the film—which starts shooting August 31 in Europe aimed at a December 21, 2016 release—Fassbender’s Lynch finds out he’s the descendant of Aguilar, a deadly 15th-Century Spanish assassin. And through the Animus, he learns the skills to fight the evil company in modern times.
Again, the reason for Fassbender to play a new character is that the game’s creators at Ubisoft have developed such a rich history over the course of the franchise, this movie doesn’t want to mess with that or just retell a story fans have played before. This is set in the same world, but it’s a wholly new adventure. Here’s the full reveal of Fassbender as Lynch.
Justin Kurzel directs. Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed will join Fassbender.
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