The first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s video game adaptation of Assassin’s Creed has finally hit the internet and, boy, does it look good!
When criminal Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is legally declared dead by lethal injection, he wakes up a captive of the mysterious Abstergo Industries, who inform him that they want him to interact with the memories of his long-dead ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the Spanish Inquisition. This is made possible through a device called the Animus, which can literally place Lynch’s consciousness inside that of his ancestor.
For those who aren’t familiar with the game series, Assassin’s Creed follows a series of protagonists who can use a device called the ‘Animus’ to directly interact and live through the memories of their long-dead ancestors, furthering an ancient war between the Templars and the Assassins.
Each instalment in the franchise sees the player whisked away to the memories a different relative which, as you can probably guess, allows each game to take place primarily in a different historical setting, such as London at the turn of the Industrial Revolution or Renaissance Italy. To that end, it’s not difficult to imagine that the series would make rich pickings for Hollywood, who could literally follow in the footsteps of the games by setting each in a different location throughout all of history!
Unsurprisingly, the trailer makes the film seem really intriguing (although I’m not convinced the backing music suits the tone of the film), but it’s no secret that video game adaptations often make for the worst films. As a big fan of the source material, however, I’m hoping that this is the one to buck the trend and be a great film. From the footage teased in the trailer, it certainly looks like it’s going to honour the nature of the games (that Leap of Faith at the end looks absolutely incredible!) and Michael Fassbender’s a great actor, so hopefully he’ll be able to do justice to the film’s namesake.
Assassin’s Creed is released in the UK on 30 December 2016 and stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.