Assassin’s Creed is 2016’s last big blockbuster (minus Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, to a lesser extent, Passengers). It has original game developer Ubisoft behind it, a leading man and creative partner in Michael Fassbender, and an acclaimed director (Justin Kurzel) and cast, giving the whole project a “prestige” feel. The problem now is that high expectations that this will finally break the mold of middling-to-bad video game adaptations. As we await the first screenings, there’s a new clip giving a glimpse into the movie. Check it out below.
The clip, titled “Cafeteria,” showcases Michael Fassbender’s Callum “Cal” Lynch meeting Michael K. Williams’ Moussa, who insists his real name is that of his ancestor Baptiste. Moussa also senses the air of “protagonist” wafting from Lynch because, well, he’s Michael Fassbender. It’s has that air of exposition and introductions that color intended franchise-starters and origin stories, from Harry Potter to The Matrix, but that’s completely expected. The question is: can the Fox movie elevate it? We’ll find out December 21.
Here’s the official synopsis for Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed:
Career criminal Callum Lynch is rescued from his own execution by Abstergo Industries, the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order. He is forced to participate in the Animus Project and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.
Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed!