Assassin's Creed movie: Everything you need to know about Michael Fassbender

Assassin's Creed movie: Everything you need to know about Michael Fassbender
Assassin's Creed is a ridiculously successful gaming franchise. Now it wants to be a ridiculously successful film franchise, following in the, um, total absence of any successful game-to-movie adaptations before it.

Sure, there was the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider "series", but game studio Ubisoft and film studio 20th Century Fox are aiming a bit bigger than that, as the following details prove beyond a shadow of a doubt...

Assassin's Creed (the movie) hits multiplexes on December 21, 2016. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, the latest Assassin's Creed game, comes out on October 23 - don't get the two confused, or you'll have a very disappointing trip to the cinema.

The production kicked off late on August 31, 2015, with locations including Malta, London and Spain and the shoot lasting well into October. With a very secretive set - as you'd expect, considering the intense media attention - there have been no leaked photos or paparazzi shots as yet.

Who's involved?

The two leads are the Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender and the Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard. The director is Justin Kurzel, who previously waggled a megaphone in front of the pair for this year's critically-acclaimed Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth.

The Wire's Michael K Williams and newcomer Ariane Labed are also on the cast list, with established character actors Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson joining in October 2015. Labed's character was originally earmarked for Ex Machina veteran Alicia VIkander, but she dropped out at short notice to play a role in the upcoming Bourne 5.

As well as starring, Michael Fassbender also produces, aided by an impressive roster of movie-making colleagues, including the legendary Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures (part of Ubisoft, the gaming studio that created the Assassin's Creed franchise).

Baronnet has told French film magazine Premiere that "we have an enormous brand and we want to make a film modelled on [films] like Batman Begins or Blade Runner", which means team AC are really aiming high with this one.

Ubisoft have worked hard to keep creative control over the project, which has been rumbling along since 2012. Over the years, four writers have had a crack at the script - Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Michael Lesslie, Scott Frank - with the latter, Frank (Get Shorty, Out of Sight), most recently at the Assassin's Creed typewriter.

What's it about?

With brand-new characters created for the film - but set within the gaming universe - the synopsis goes a little something like this:

"Callum Lynch (Fassbender) discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain.

"After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he's poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day."

In short: Assassins good, Templars bad. Both secret societies have been around for literally ages, stabbing and slicing each other to bits in a never-ending dance to the death.

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