It’s coming up to a decade since Assassin’s Creed first made its bow in the video game space and in that time, Ubisoft’s action tentpole has established itself as one of the most cinematic experiences in the genre.
On paper, it certainly lends itself to the big-screen treatment, but building a movie from those historical foundations takes care and craft, as today’s featurette for Justin Kurzel’s live-action adaptation proves. In it, the director himself – best known for Snowtown and last year’s really rather excellent Macbeth – spotlights some of the “exciting, dynamic” stunts that will feature in the December release.
There’s also a sliver of new footage included in the above sizzle reel, but the big takeaway is the moment when stunt double Damien Walters executes what is said to be one of the biggest stunt jumps ever: diving 125 feet to perform the iconic Assassin’s Creed leap of faith.
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Yes, the spirit of Ubisoft’s series is very much ingrained in Kurzel’s live-action movie which, as we learned late last week, will even feature characters pulled directly from the video games.
“There’s basically a few assassins taken straight from the games, who we get to see in the films. We actually get to use some of the real game weapons in there. They’re not main characters from the games, but they’re very famous characters that the fans will probably enjoy.”
Come December 21, Assassin’s Creed will leap into theaters and, potentially, ignite a newfound action franchise at New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed, and Callum Turner round out the ensemble.
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.