Ubisoft may be taking a break from Assassin’s Creed this fall, but fans still have the film to look forward to. So far, we’ve only seen images, but at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Fox debuted footage.

The star, Michael Fassbender (Callum Lynch), was unable to attend the presentation but sent a video message prefacing the footage. In his message, he promised the still-unfinished movie would “unleash” this December, and offer audiences a “compelling story, rich characters and breathtaking action sequences.” He, additionally, voiced his confidence that Assassin’s Creed would appeal to fans of the game franchise and wider movie-going audiences.

According to USA Today, the footage began with Lynch in a padded wall hospital room, where he’s approached by actress Marion Cotillard, whose role remains unspecified. She tells him he no longer exists as he has been “executed and presumed dead.” The character informs Lynch that “memories of someone who has been dead for 500 years” have been implanted in him.

After this scene, dramatic music is cued and the footage moves to a throwback in time where Lynch is seen fighting expertly with a sword. This scene is presumed to be featured in a trailer coming next month.

 

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It sounds like there may have been a workaround discovered to substitute the Animus machine from the games. As far as the franchise was concerned, until the conclusion Ezio’s Trilogy, only memories of a person’s ancestors could be accessed via an Animus. Since Assassin’s Creed 3, the in-game company Abstergo has found a way to utilize individuals regardless of whether or not they are accessing memories from their bloodline.

Marion Cotillard’s character could be a Templar/Abstergo agent, akin to Lucy in the first three titles, or a member of the Assassin’s Order. She isn’t the only mystery surrounding the film, but the most interesting aspect of all will be how the convoluted narrative is simplified for the big screen. This may or may not mark the end of the bad video game-movie trend, but we’ll know for sure when the film hits theaters on December 21.

 

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