Michael Fassbender brings Assassin's Creed to life in first full trailer

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May 20, 2016, 12:35 PM EDT (Updated)

20th Century Fox has unleashed the first official trailer, as well as an awesome new poster, for Michael Fassbender's Assassin’s Creed. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), the movie is based on Ubisoft’s hit video game franchise of the same name.

The trailer splits its time between the present day and the past as Fassbender plays the dual roles of Callum Lynch in the present and his Spanish ancestor Aguilar, an Assassin (they’re the good guys in the story) living during the 15th-century Spanish Inquisition.

Callum Lynch and Aguilar are new characters not found in any of the previous Ubisoft video games, but they will be part of the official canon. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Fassbender spoke about his two characters:

“Like Desmond [the main modern-day protagonist in the game] was, Lynch is a descendant of a past assassin, this one named Aguilar. Callum doesn’t belong to anything, doesn’t have a family. We thought it would be interesting to have somebody that was disconnected be faced with what it means to join something so sacrificial.”

Will the movie break that darn video game movie curse? Have a look:


Wow, so that was ... pretty awesome. The movie could be a lot of fun, and I was excited to see they've kept the sort of action beats that make the games work so well: leaping from building to building, using those awesome wrist blades and the iconic diving off of a tower move! One of my favorite parts of the game.

The big trailer reveal, however, is that Oscar winner Marion Cotillard *may* be playing a villain since she works for Abstergo Industries; meaning she could be a Templar (the bad guys).

It also looks like Callum Lynch will use the mad Assassin skills he’s learned from his ancestor’s memories during his time in the Animus (which weirdly looks like a giant mechanical arm thingie in the movie) to try and escape the nefarious clutches of Abstergo.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

What do you think? Assassin's Creed will soar into theaters Dec. 21.