I’ve never played “Assassin’s Creed” but I’ve always wanted to. The premise is pretty cool, and I’ve heard good things about the gameplay. Maybe the movie adaptation will finally get me excited enough to finally play the game. This isn’t your regular quick and cheap cash-in. It’s got Oscar calibre actors like Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard classing up the joint, and acclaimed director Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”) taking this stuff very seriously. And from this very first look at footage, I think they’ve nailed both the aesthetic and the sense of kineticism of the game. It could still turn out crap or lifeless like so many other adaptations, but at the very least we’re off to a good start. Just keep Kanye out of the actual soundtrack.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Assassin’s Creed opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.”
“Assassin’s Creed” also stars Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams.