Video game adaptations are rarely something to get excited about since Hollywood never gets them right (here’s looking at you, “Hitman,” “Max Payne” and the upcoming “Warcraft,” among many others), but “Assassin’s Creed” is shaping up to be a rare exception to this rule.
The action-adventure series has been a blockbuster draw for gamers ever since it hit shelves in 2007 and spawned endless sequels, and it’s inevitably coming to the big screen this December. But the huge surprise is just how much talent is involved with this adaptation, from stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard to director Justin Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. Honestly, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of art film and not a studio-driven video game adaption.
Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch, who learns that his 15th-century ancestor was a Spanish assassin and relives his memories in order to acquire his skill set. Michael K. Williams, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson round out the ensemble, but it’s the aforementioned talent that has us truly excited. “Assassin’s Creed” will mark a reunion for the stars, director and cinematographer after last year’s visually arresting “Macbeth,” which turned Shakespearean language into vibrant visual poetry. Most critics agree this is a powerful quartet, and it seems like they’ll have what it takes to make a worthy adaptation of a popular video game.
20th Century Fox will release “Assassin’s Creed” on December 21. Will the film be this year’s Christmas blockbuster? Watch the trailer above and judge for yourself.