“We work in the dark, to serve the light. We are Assassins.” 20th Century Fox has unleashed a very cool video featurette showcasing the stomach-churning Leap of Faith stunt featured in their upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie.
A staple of the Ubisoft video game franchise on which the action-adventure film is based, the Leap of Faith is performed by the player via the game’s main character, which sees the hero to take an exhilarating dive off of some of the game’s highest structures (see: Exhibit A above).
The movie, directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) and starring Michael Fassbender in the dual roles of Callum Lynch and his 15th-century Spanish ancestor, the Assassin Aguilar, will also feature the popular move (as you can see in the video featurette and trailer below). But instead of rendering the vertiginous 125-foot free fall drop with a digital character, the movie production actually had stuntman Damien Walters perform the stunt.
The video tells us that it’s “one of the highest free falls performed by a stuntman in almost 35 years.” Check it out below -- preferably on an empty stomach if you have a fear of heights, just saying -- and prepared to be amazed:
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.
Assassin’s Creed will leap into movie theaters on Dec. 21.