This December will see sci-fi and history collide in Assassin's Creed, an adaptation of the video game franchise of the same name, produced by and starring Michael Fassbender as two different characters: Death Row inmate Cal Lynch, and his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha. Assassin's Creed reunited Fassbender with his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel and co-star Marion Cotillard, with a cast that also includes Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams, and Ariane Labed.
The movie, like the games, is based around the concept of a machine called the Animus, which unlocks genetic memory to allow the user to relive the memories of their ancestors. The Animus is the latest weapon in an ancient war between two factions, the Templars and the Assassins, who seek to possess and control artefacts of enormous power that are hidden across the world.
With just two months left before Assassin's Creed arrives in theaters, 20th Century Fox has unveiled the second official trailer for the movie. Check it out above; then, have a look at the new poster for the film, below.
There's no Kanye West in this latest trailer, though the jump into the historical scenes is once again accompanied by modern music - this time a rather generic-sounding pop/rock song. The trailer also features a lot of fight sequences, with even the movie's title accompanied by a 300-style blood spatter, suggesting that Fox may be trying to differentiate Assassin's Creed from its December competiton (which includes sci-fi drama Passengers and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) by emphasizing its action elements.
The trailer also includes Alan Rikkin (Irons) saying that Cal's bloodline has been traced back "to the Assassin's Creed." This doesn't actually make much sense, since the Assassin's Creed is a set of rules rather than a particular time, but there are probably worse ways to shoehorn a movie title into a trailer.
The history of video game to movie adaptations has so far been peppered with disappointments and disasters, but fans of the franchise are hopeful that Assassin's Creed might be able to break the curse. There were some with similar hopes for another video game movie this year, Warcraft, which performed poorly in domestic theaters but managed to gross over $220 million in China. Who knows - perhaps Assassin's Creed will be a Christmas miracle for the video game movie genre.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Assassin's Creed (2016) release date: Dec 21, 2016