‘Assassin’s Creed’: Michael Fassbender Talks ‘The Matrix’ & Stunts

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Could this finally be the film that puts the video game adaptation on the path to respectability?

Ubisoft’s hugely popular Assassin’s Creed video game franchise is getting the big-screen treatment, with acclaimed Aussie director Justin Kurzel and his Snowtown & Macbeth D.O.P. Adam Arkapaw behind the camera, and Michael Fassbender taking on both lead roles. The film’s other cast members include Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson. Yep, the right recipe is certainly here.

Fassbender, who’ll be playing both Callum Lynch and his 15th-century ancestor Aguilar, pointed to a very well-known sci-fi outing when discussing the upcoming film.

“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this,” he said in a recent interview with Empire. “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.”

But don’t let that reference to The Matrix fool you into thinking we’re in for action driven primarily with CG visuals. Fassbender said the film would feature “old-school” effects, with a focus on stunt work. And yes, the signature ‘leap of faith’ move from the video game series is here.

“We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta,” he said. “We’ve got (stunt man) Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”

We’re trying our best to keep expectations in check, but we can’t deny how excited we are to see what could materialise here. We’ll all find out when Assassin’s Creed hits the U.S. on December 21, 2016.

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