Longtime players of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise are extremely familiar with the Animus, an advanced machine that allows users to access and relive the memories of their ancestors. In the games, the Animus is little more than a reclining chair, but trailers for the upcoming movie adaptation have revealed a newly redesigned machine, an enormous virtual reality apparatus that actually moves the user through the air.
Now, a new clip from Assassin’s Creed shows the claw-like Animus in action, as Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) gets strapped in against his will.
The film follows Callum, a death row inmate who’s recruited to enter the Animus and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar in 15th-century Spain. He soon learns that he’s descended from the mysterious society known as the Assassins, and before long, he’s wrapped up in the centuries-long war between the Assassins and the Templars.
Assassin’s Creed reunites Fassbender with his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel, and the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Irons. It’s set to hit theaters on Dec. 21.