Michael Fassbender travels through generations to do the business of murder.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Assassin’s Creed, the Michael Fassbender-led adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game series, after debuting it this evening on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the trailer lays it out quite nicely: a recently executed modern day man (Fassbender) is left alive and handed over to a mysterious organization (run by Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons). He is placed inside a special machine that links his consciousness to one of his ancestors, a member of an ancient order of assassins. His mind being dropped into the middle of The Spanish Inquisition (which no one expects), he must live out the life of his great-great-great-handsome-deadly grandfather.
Watch the trailer for yourself below:
Directed by Justin Kurzel, who worked well with Fassbender, Cotillard, and medieval violence in 2015’s Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed represents the latest and greatest hope for those who believe that eventually Hollywood will deliver a great video game adaptation.
The trailer has good energy and scale, benefiting also from the grizzled presence of Fassbender and his always earnest delivery. At the very least, we can admit that this is a movie that will take its subject seriously. If Macbeth is a measuring stick for Kerzel’s style, it will be taking this Quantum Leap-ing assassin story very seriously.
We can also see that the movie will also adopt the parkour-heavy questionable physics of the video game:
Assassin’s Creed is due in theaters on December 21, 2016.