News of the Assassin’s Creed movie spread fast back in February. News outlets back then confirmed that Michael Fassbender, who played Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be playing the lead character, Desmond Miles, in the Assassin’s Creed movie.
Now, months after the initial news of the movie was released, we get to see Michael Fassbender in his Assassin’s Creed assassin attire. However, unlike what was said before, the 38-year-old actor won’t be playing Desmond Miles. If not Desmond Miles, who will be the lead character in the movie?
According to Yahoo News, which provided an exclusive first look at the Assassin’s Creed movie, Fassbender will be playing Callum Lynch. If the name doesn’t ring a bell and you think you may have missed playing a game in the series, don’t fret. Callum Lynch is actually a new character created especially for the Assassin’s Creed film.
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The same report from Yahoo says none of the other characters’ stories will be told in the movie, but Callum Lynch will be placed in the same world as the characters in the game.
Yahoo also provided a synopsis of the Assassin’s Creed movie.
“Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.”
In August, there were rumors that Michael Fassbender didn’t like the script for the movie and has left the project. However, he quickly denied the rumors and said he’s still moving forward with the movie, as told by IGN.
“I know, I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”
Back then, Fassbender also noted that they want to “respect the game.” There are so many elements to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but the team working on the movie also wants to offer new elements. In addition, the actor said they are treating it “as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game.”
As Cinema Blend reports, the Assassin’s Creed movie will start filming on Monday in locations including Spain, London, and Malta. Other stars included in the film are Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, and Michael Kenneth Williams. Assassin’s Creed is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2016.
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