‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie News: Release Date Set For 2016, But Will It Be Any Good?

For the Assassin’s Creed movie, news hasn’t been released as generously as fans would like. This follows Ubisoft’s own tendency to tease information about upcoming releases in small and sparse doses.

It has been known for a while that X-Men actor Michael Fassbender is confirmed to play a role in the big screen adaptation of the time and ledge leaping video game series. Now we know, according to Gameranx, that he will play two roles, the same way the gamer does with every chapter.

Until Assassin’s Creed 4, we explored the genetic ancestry of Desmond Miles through the eyes of Altair, Ezio Auditore, Connor, Haytham, and Edward Kenway. Until that same game, we also controlled Desmond Miles in a present day setting, but most of the time he lay in a machine called the Animus and his genetic memories were played out in the meat of the game.

Along with 20th Century Fox confirming the Assassin’s Creed movie release date for December 2016, we now have details about the story, which even though it doesn’t follow the plot of Desmond Miles’ storyline, it does run parallel. Michael Fassbender will be playing the role of Michael Lynch, a death row inmate who ends up involved in the war with the Templars. He will also play Aguilar de Agarorobo, an assassin embroiled in the Spanish Inquisition.

Long-time fans of the game series will likely be excited to know that the villain has ties to Rodrigo Borgia, the man Ezio took down in Assassin’s Creed 2. In the Nintendo DS and iOS version titled AC 2: Discovery, you meet Tomas de Torquemada, who looks up to Borgia, and is a major villain for the Assassin’s Creed movie.

While it was said that Ezio Auditore will not be in the movie, this bit of Assassin’s Creed movie news tells us that Fassbender’s character could have easily bumped elbows with the infamous Italian assassin.

Also much like Ezio’s earlier travels, Lynch will end up butting heads with Abstergo CEO Warren Vidic Alan Rikkan, and getting help from a female companion in Lucy Lara.

With the unfortunately glitch-ridden Assassin’s Creed Unity having put a heavy dose of bad publicity on a game that many had anticipated, the upcoming movie will need to be well done. Add in the stigma surrounding movies based on video games, and the Assassin’s Creed movie will have to fight off early critics just to have a successful release.

Do you think director Justin Kurzel (The Turning, Blue Tongue) can defy expectations, or will the movie be a flop?

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