Assassin’s Creed has been a hugely successful video game franchise since the first game caught the attention of gamers everywhere in 2007 when it brought Ubisoft’s unique brand of free-running adventure to the Xbox 360.
Now spanning multiple consoles including PC and handheld devices, Assassin’s Creed has told countless pseudo-historical tales through the 14 current titles, with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate set for release this year. With such a rich portfolio of narrative success, it’s little wonder that Hollywood has been entertaining rumours of an Assassin’s Creed movie for years, but as of Monday shooting officially begins and those rumours become reality.
With so many stories and games to choose from, much of the Assassin’s Creed movie discussion has revolved around the potential plot of the movie. While some videogame adaptations faithfully retell a specific game for the big screen, others make an entirely new entry into the game world complete with new characters and stories.
As of today we can officially announce that Assassin’s Creed will be the latter. While the major Assassin’s Creed games prior to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag followed the protagonist Desmond Miles, the movie will instead be telling a new story set in the same world in a similar time period, with Michael Fassbender set to play the lead role of the new character, Callum Lynch.
Like Miles, Lynch experiences the ancestral memories of an Assassin and finds himself caught in the struggle between Assassins and Knights Templar, with the movie set to tell an entirely new Assassin’s Creed story set in 15th Century Spain.
Assassin’s Creed will also star Marion Cotillard and is set for a 2016 release, but thanks to Yahoo! Movies we can at least check out this first look at Callum Lynch (Fassbender) to tie us over: