May 122016
 
Assassins Creed Official Poster

After a handful of promising images hinted this could be one video game movie actually worth looking forward to (hopefully, with this and Warcraft we could buck the trend of iffy game-to-film adaptations this year?), and now the Assassin’s Creed official trailer has given us even more to be excited about – see what we mean by watching the trailer below, and feasting your eyes on the official poster.

Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) headlines as the titular assassin, Callum Lynch; a modern day drifter who’s being held by a shady corporation (Abstergo Industries), and placed into a machine known as the Animus, in order to relive the memories of a 15th century ancestor of his during the Spanish inquisition.

Focussing on a new character and setting allows the filmmakers a degree of freedom with the story; which, like the video game series, will see the assassins battling their long time enemies the Templars for the freedom/control of humanity; though it’s clear from the trailer the filmmakers have taken a great deal of care to replicate many of the games key moments; in fact the trailer (awful song choice aside) seems to show Assassin’s Creed has nailed every important aspect of the games; from parkour, to tone, to combat, eagles, costumes, and death-defying leaps of faith. All we need now is for video-game studio Ubisoft to announce a day-one patch and the process will be complete.

Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), and co-starring Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), and Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st in the US, before making its official UK release date on December 26th.

Matt Wheeldon@TheMattWheeldon.