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The Assassin’s Creed Mythology

Can Assassin's Creed make the leap from hugely popular video game franchise to successful film? The ingredients for this difficult adaptation are there, starting with director Justin Kurzel and star Michael Fassbender. In this new promo from 20th Century Fox, the ancient war between assassins and templars that drives the film is explored. The Assassins, led by a 15th Century Spanish assassin named Aguilar (Fassbender), believe that all mankind should have free will. The Templars are more interested in power and control. 

The nifty conceit behind Assassin's Creed is that the film isn't a period piece per se, but a sci-fi thriller in which Fassbender, as Callum Lynch, is sent back to 15th Century Spain through a revolutionary technology that's able to unlock his genetic memories. This is how he's able to experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, and that he one of the descendents from a mysterious secret society, the Assassin. In order to take on the oppressive Templars, who still thrive in the present day, Lynch needs to amass the knowledge and skill of his ancestor.

Along with Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose), the film co-stars Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams and Brendan Gleeson. 

The film opens in theaters worldwide on December 21, 2016.

Featured imaged: Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) tries to make sense of his incredible experiences. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

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