Assassin’s Creed is one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. It has also managed to engage fans through a variety of media outside of games, including novels and comics. And now, this popular fantasy franchise returns this holiday season as a movie.
When Ubisoft first announced the project, fans expected the protagonist to be Altair (the original Assassin), Ezio (the most popular Assassin) or Desmond (the modern-day protagonist). But fans were surprised to learn that the hero would be a fresh addition, Callum Lynch.
What Is the Assassin’s Creed Movie About?
Callum Lynch is a descendant of Aguilar de Nerha, an assassin alive and operating during the Spanish Inquisition. Abstergo, the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order, rescues Lynch from his execution to use him in their Animus Project. His participation in the project helps him relive memories of his ancestor Aguilar. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar's memories, he gains the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars who are age-old enemies of the Assassins in the present day.
What Can Fans Expect?
The Assassin's Creed universe focusses on the concept of using DNA to relive ancestors’ memories. The trailer reveals that the movie will continue this idea and shows details that will undoubtedly impress both long-time the fans and those new to the franchise.
Exposing evil organizations is a common central plot device for sci-fi and fantasy franchises. From Marvel's Weapon X to The Hunger Games' Capitol, Assassin's Creed's Abstergo is along the same lines. The film translates the organization from the game into a facility of all shades of white and gray.
Fight Scenes and Free Running
The Assassin's Creed games are known for their crisp fight scenes, epic parkour, and other visually stunning stunts. The beautifully planned runs and choreographed fights in the trailer are not CGI, showing the dedication to realism the filmmakers and cast are taking. The leap of faith is a trademark move that every fan of the series loves to see, and the trailer definitely delivers with this mindblowing scene appearing right at the end.
Here's hoping that the movie succeeds as a truthful adaptation of the game and franchise that so many fans love. Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Assassin's Creed releases in the U.S. on Dec 21.