When it was first announced that a film adaption of the beloved Assassin’s Creed video game franchise was on the horizon, there were many who let out a collective scream. Not only because game/film adaptions tend to fail, but because the franchise had long since passed it golden years, slipping into a yearly cycle of mediocrity that fans begged Ubisoft to end.
However, as we’ve learned more, prospective viewers have grown slightly more enthusiastic. Now the star of the show, Michael Fassbender, has spoken of his feelings towards the project in an interview with Empire:
“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”
It is true that there has been a recent trend for Science Fiction films to base themselves within realistic (or vaguely believable) scientific theories and the idea of genetic memory being embedded within human DNA is something that audiences can invest themselves in.
In Assassin’s Creed, Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who discovers that his 15th Century ancestor, Aguilar, was an assassin: a member of a secret order devoted to the freedom of mankind. With the use of Animus technology, Lynch unlocks his ancestor’s memories (which are concealed in his own DNA) in order to collect his knowledge and learn his skills as he prepares to fight the Assassins’ ancient enemy, The Templars, in the present day.
The Justin Kurzel-directed production stars Michael Fassbender in the lead as both Lynch and Aguilar and also features Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson in supporting roles. There is no trailer yet but we can expect one in a matter of months as Assassin’s Creed is due to be released December 21.