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Assassin’s Creed Movie Set in the Spanish Inquisition
Despite rumors to the contrary this past week, Michael Fassbender remains attached to Ubisoft’s theatrical adaptation of Assassin’s Creed and if new reports prove true, he may be juggling two roles as the newest initiate into the Assassins’ legacy.
Taking a cue from the original series, the film will apparently take place through both the past and present, linked together through the series DNA reading machine of The Animus to unlock a new protagonist’s memories.
In the present day, Fassbender will play Michael Lynch, a death row inmate who unwillingly becomes a puppet in the Assassins’ and Templar’s war. Experimented on by a villainous scientist named Joseph, Michael’s ally is a female assassin named Lara.
Within the Animus, Fassbender will play Aguilar de Agarorobo, an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition while Lara’s actress will likewise be playing one of her own ancestors with an equally ambiguous agenda. Aguilar’s father is an assassin chief while Tomas de Torquemada, featured in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II, will play the era’s primary nemesis. The present-day enemy will be Alan Rikkan, CEO of the Templar’s corporate front of Abstergo.
If you already guessed it, the film’s general premise will indeed borrow basic plot elements from the series’ Assassin’s Creed II video game, which saw bartender Desmond Miles being similarly abducted by Abstergo and reliving the memories of his Italian ancestor, Ezio Auditore, who was raised by a noteworthy assassin before become an Assassin himself. His only means of escape was through an assassin named Lucy Stillman, who may mirror Lara’s role.
This year’s games, Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Assassin’s Creed Rogue, release this October 28th and November 11th, respectively. Unity tells the story of Arno Dorian, a French Revolutionary and Assassin, and Rogue, the story of 21-year-old Templar recruit Shay Patrick Cormac hunting the assassins during the Seven Year’s War.
“Assassin’s Creed” sees Justin Kurzel in the director’s chair with Fassbender both producing and starring, arriving in theaters August 7th, 2015 with shooting expected to commence later this year.