The upcoming movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game series Assassin’s Creed will presage a glut of films based on recent hit games (Angry Birds, Five Nights At Freddy’s, Minecraft) and as the game series takes some time off before the next release (which may be for the best), all eyes are on the Assassin’s Creed film as an attempt to prove that video game movies can be a critically and commercially respected genre.
Meanwhile, despite the fact that audiences have yet to see anything resembling a trailer, New Regency and Ubisoft Pictures are so confident they have a hit on their hands that they’re already planning a sequel, with star Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) set to return. Assassin’s Creed features Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a modern-day character who explores the life of his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar de Nerha via the time-travel technology “The Animus,” in a story set apart from the games’ main continuity.
We’ve seen only a handful of images from the film so far that showcase Fassbender as Callum Lynch in the present and Aguilar de Nerha in the past. Now, we have a new look at the star’s modern-day incarnation (via Ubiblog). Take a look below:
Our previous image of Lynch saw him incarcerated, but this time we see the character sketching one of a series of mysterious images, which appear to resemble figures from the past. This could be the movie’s way of portraying a symptom of the game’s “Bleeding Effect,” in which subjects exposed to prolonged use of the Animus find their ancestors’ memories “bleed” into their own.
The game series centers around a centuries-old secret war waged between the Assassins and the Templars — with the latter faction controlling the modern-day Abstergo Industries and its Animus technology. The plot remains unknown, but it’s possible that Abstergo recruits — or has already recruited by the film’s opening – Lynch to use the Animus and become Aguilar. Lynch’s drawings may be an ongoing side effect when we meet him.
There is also the possibility that Lynch may be a special case and is already experiencing the “bleed” of Aguilar’s memories before ever using the Animus. We’ll find out something on March 25, be it the long-awaited trailer, a glimpse of some of the other cast members — Brendan Gleeson (In the Heart of the Sea), Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Ariane Labed (The Lobster) — in costume, or a better idea of what Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons) has up his sleeve and how Callum Lynch fits in.
Assassin’s Creed opens in U.S. theaters on December 21, 2016.