While little much is known about the Michael Fassbender lead Assassin’s Creed game to movie adaptation, we have been given a set photo which may reveal more than you think on first glance!
Thanks to DMC Films, the production company run by Michael Fassbender himself, merely shows him staring at a wall with a sign stating “progress requires sacrifice” on a piece of paper. This may not look like much, but to Assassin’s Creed fans, the devil is in the details and it may give us an insight into the modern-day story of the movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s fan-favourite game series.
Firstly, for fans of Assassin’s Creed, “progress requires sacrifice” will sounds like a very Abstergo sort of saying. Abstergo Industries being the company that the modern-day Templars use to disguise their work. We also know that Fassbender will play both a 15th Century Spanish Assassin Aguilar de Agarorobo and 21st Century Callum Lynch, a distant descendant of the Spanish Assassin. Those who have played the first Assassin’s Creed game will remember how Desmond Miles, the modern-day protagonist of the game series is once a captive of Abstergo who are using his DNA Memories to track down a Piece of Eden in the Middle East around the time of the Crusades. It is possible that at least the opening of the movie will see Callum Lynch as part of an Abstergo project to use his DNA Memories for Templar uses before he is smuggled out by Assassin moles & shown the truth to their schemes.
Another noteworthy aspect of the image is the scars on the back of Fassbender’s neck. This may well be from the use of the Animus. The Animus, for those unfamiliar with the franchise, is the device that both the Assassins & Templars use to access the locked up memories in people’s DNA. By synchronizing their DNA with the memories of their ancestors they can relive what they once went through, and in the cases of the Assassin’s Creed games, trace back their ancestor’s footprints through time to find the mystical Pieces of Eden. Fassbender’s modern-day character will need to plug into the Animus in some way, and perhaps it is through the back of his neck, leaving these scars. Very Matrix.
Assassin’s Creed will open in theatres on the 21st of December 2016 & stars Michael Fassbender, Marilon Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson & Jeremy Irons.