Fans have been awaiting the premiere of the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed for years, and it's finally hitting the big screen this winter. The film is set in the same universe as the wildly popular video game franchise, but features an original protagonist, Callum Lynch, who is descended from Assassin Aguilar de Nerha.
The film will reinterpret the premise of the games, in which a protagonist in the present day must use the skills he earns by living through the memories of an ancestral Assassin to defeat modern-day members of the evil Templar Order. He is able to access those memories thanks to the Animus Project, helmed by Abstergo Industries.
We've slowly been learning more and more about the cast and plot of the film since it wrapped shooting this January, and we finally got to see a trailer late this spring. Now, a new still offers fans a closer look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin mode, as Aguilar de Nerha. Check out the image, courtesy of Yahoo, below:
Though the trailer offered many stellar images of Fassbender as Callum/Aguilar, the most thrilling of which featured Aguilar performing some of the signature Assassin stunts, this close look at the protagonist's costume is a first. The incredible attention to detail featured here stays true to the video game, much like the combat featured in the trailer, and not just because of Aguilar's iconic hood. The outfit itself works as an acknowledgement of the Spanish Inquisition era while still looking flexible enough for the wall-runs and leaps of faith required of your average Assassin.
Assassin's Creed may be raising critics' hopes with its stellar cast - Michael K. Williams, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons all star alongside Fassbender - but few know just how outstanding the film's crew is as well. Costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, the woman behind the above frock, was a real get for the action flick, with experience on films like V for Vendetta, Ex Machina, and Ant-Man. She's also no stranger to dressing Fassbender in grey sweats, like the ones he sports at Abstergo, since she worked with him on X-Men: First Class.
This film looks like it's going to be the breathtaking adventure that fans of the gaming franchise expect, which could be a relief after Warcraft's underwhelming debut this summer. The only uncertainty is whether Assassin's Creed will be able to provide moviegoers with as much excitement as the games create. After all, the franchise is so successful in part because its players feel as though they are the ones to engineer each Assassin's adrenaline-fueled stunts. Without a third-person point of view gaming style conducting the film's visuals, fans may feel like they're watching just another action movie. Hopefully, this game adaptation packs a script that will do its complex source material justice and set it apart from its predecessors.
Assassin’s Creed will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 21, 2016.