Players of the long-running vide game blockbuster franchise Assassin's Creed are undoubtedly familiar with a lot of the daring feats of acrobatic parkour undertaken by various members of the larger Assassin Order. Chief among these is perhaps the iconic leap of faith maneuver, which involves leaping off of tall buildings and edifices - in order to plunge through urban metropolises safely into a bale of hay (or other similarly cushioned landing zones) by the grace of God and faith in one's own abilities.
Leading up to the theatrical release of the Assassin's Creed movie directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Marion Cotillard (The Little Prince), fans of the outstanding franchise are sure to be watching closely for any and all patented maneuvers from the games in the new film. That being said, the latest behind the scenes video gives a sneak peek at how the aforementioned leap of faith will make its way to the big screen shortly.
In the footage featured above, distributor 20th Century Fox gives a daring look at Fassbender in character as Spanish Assassin Aguilar de Nerha performing the leap of faith as composed, shot, and directed by Kurzel behind the scenes. With Kurzel making it exceedingly clear from the get go that he wants Assassin's Creed to be as grounded in reality as possible, it is up to stuntman Damien Walters to do a lot of the heavy lifting. Namely, taking it upon himself to perform the leap of faith from a starting point of 125 feet in the air (a record breaking free fall that has not been bested in about 35 years).
Whether or not 20th Century Fox will win out big at the box office in the end with their adaptation of the bestselling video game property originally created by Ubisoft remains to be seen. Either way, everything appears to be running smoothly behind the scenes of Assassin's Creed, where physically performed stunts are taking precedence over computer-generated special effects.
Fassbender looks ready to deliver a thrilling turn in Assassin's Creed, and with any luck Kurzel will prove to be up to the task in adapting the video game property into a marketable mainstream hit. Until later this year, longtime fans will just have to wait and see how the movie fares, and perhaps replay a couple of the franchise's classic titles in preparation.
Assassin's Creed will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 21, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox