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Michael Fassbender has said that the cinematic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed is set to start shooting next month, but ahead of that plan, we have our first look at the Steve Jobs star in character as an assassin who is entirely new to the video-game franchise.
Yahoo Movies has unveiled the first official look at Fassbender as Callum Lynch, the star of the film version of Ubisoft’s hit video game. Lynch is brand new to the series — not an amalgamation of series stars like Altair, Ezio Auditore, and Connor. But his story is not dissimilar from that of Desmond Miles from the video games, as Callum discovers he has a bloodline that connects him to the Assassins who have, for centuries, sought to take down the Knights Templar.
As Yahoo mentions, the story to the film promises to tell an original tale, not adapt one of the plots of an Assassin’s Creed game, but hinted-at visits to 15th-century Spain open the door to a cameo from one of the franchise’s fan-favorite stars.
Ezio Auditore, the star of multiple AC games beginning with Assassin’s Creed II rose to become one of the most prominent player-controlled characters in the franchise. Ezio’s story begins in the 15th century and is primarily focused in Italy. However, Spain makes an appearances in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and is also integral to the plot of the spin-off Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery. Ezio heads to Spain to free imprisoned assassins in that title during the 15th century, which certainly sets a precedent for the beloved assassin to cameo in the upcoming film. There is no official word on any plans to incorporate Ezio, however.
Assassin’s Creed, which reteams Fassbender with his Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel, arrives in theaters on Dec. 21, 2016.