Video game movies have a rough history. From the famously bad Super Mario Bros. to the so bad it’s entertaining Street Fighter. There is some hope on the horizon, though. It comes in the form of Michael Fassbender and Assassin’s Creed.
Here’s what you need to know about the Assassin’s Creed movie.
Michael Fassbender looks badass as Callum Lynch
Today, Yahoo! scored an exclusive picture of Michael Fassbender dressed up as Assassin Callum Lynch.
The Assassin’s Creed movie adopts the overarching story of the Assassin’s Creed games, but will not retell any specific game’s story. Instead, Fassbender will star as a completely new character – Callum Lynch.
In the movie, Lynch discovers he is a descendant of a member of the mysterious Assassin’s society. The Assassin’s Creed games did this via a machine called the Animus. It allows the user to relive an ancestor’s’ memories.
In Lynch’s case, this ancestor is Aguilar, an Assassin in 15th Century Spain.
Michael Fassbender isn’t the only big name actor
Joining Fassbender is Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises). Fassbender and Cotillard also star opposite each other in the upcoming cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) will also star in the Assassin’s Creed movie adaption.
Justin Kurzel is serving as director. He also directed Macbeth. Kurzek, Fassbender and Cotillard will definitely be comfortable working together during filming.
Filming Starts Next Week
Filming for the new Assassin’s Creed movie will begin on Monday. There will be three primary locations according to Yahoo! – Malta, London and Spain.
The movie will hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2016. New Regency and 20th Century Fox might want to delay it a few weeks. Releasing one week after the first Star Wars spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One probably isn’t the smartest release window. Especially for a video game movie.
The track record for video game movie adaptions isn’t good, but Assassin’s Creed has the star power to change that. Just give us something like the cinematic trailers and it’ll be epic.
Oh, and please make enough money so we can get a sequel set in the Black Flag era of Assassin’s Creed. Who wouldn’t want to watch a full-length movie version of this?