The struggling genre of video game movie adaptations has thus far seen stories set in the present and stories set in the distant past, but next year the two will collide in Assassin's Creed, director Justin Kurzel's big screen take on Ubisoft's hugely popular historical science fiction video game franchise. Central to the premise of Assassin's Creed is a centuries-old secret war between the Assassin and Templar factions, and a machine called the Animus that unlocks genetic memory and allows modern day characters to experience the lives of their ancestors.
The appeal of the Assassin's Creed games is as much about style as it is about substance. Members of the Assassin Order wear elaborate robes and pointed hoods, are experts in parkour, and have a reputation for carrying out highly ostentatious public assassinations. With that in mind, there's a lot of interest among fans in finally seeing X-Men actor Michael Fassbender - who is both producing Assassin's Creed and playing the lead role - donning his Assassin robes. Finally, the wait is over.
Yahoo has offered the first look at Fassbender's character in costume, sporting an Assassin's outfit in dark grey hues with a red sash. Aside from the fact that the hood isn't particularly pointed, this is a fairly accurate recreation of the clothing in the video game franchise, complete with twin hidden blades on Fassbender's wrists, throwing knives concealed on his shoulder, a bomb pouch at his waist and a dagger or sword on his hip - all weapons and tools that have been instrumental in Assassin's Creed gameplay.
The costume isn't the only reveal. Yahoo also confirmed the plot rumors that we heard a while ago - specifically, the rumor that the historical portion of Assassin's Creed will be set in 15th century Spain, around the time of the Spanish Inquisition. The article says that Fassbender's modern day character is called Callum Lynch, and confirms that his Spanish ancestor is called Aguilar (according to the original rumor, his full name is Aguilar de Agarorobo).
Assassin's Creed is the first movie to be produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the shiny new film branch of Ubisoft, in collaboration with Regency Pictures. Ubisoft made waves when initially shopping Assassin's Creed to different studios, by insisting on maintaining an unusual amount of creative control over the property. This faithfulness to the source material is already shining through in the costume, but in order to avoid retreading old ground the movie will feature an original story and characters, rather than directly adapting any of the games.
Filming on Assassin's Creed will begin next week, with production set to take place in London, Malta and Spain. The film's cast also includes Marion Cotillard (Inception), Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire). Kurzel's last film was an adaptation of Macbeth, which also starred Fassbender and Cotillard, so this will be something of a reunion for them. With the gears on Assassin's Creed now turning, we hope to bring you more news in the coming weeks.
Assassin’s Creed arrives in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2016.