The latest promotional video for “Assassin’s Creed” has just dropped and, in a contrast to previous trailers and promos, this one focuses less on kick-ass action sequences (although there are plenty of those) and more on the film’s mythic backstory — particularly the ongoing conflict between the Assassins and the Templars.
Amidst all the movie footage, lead actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard explain in voice over and straight-to-camera pieces the broad sweep of the film’s narrative, focusing on how the Templars are attempting to control humanity’s progress while the assassin’s prize human freedom and fight against the Templars to maintain it.
This is definitely a simplified version of the overarching plot of the video game series. Neither actors mention the Isu, the seemingly godlike figures responsible for the creation of humanity in the games. Nor do they mention the fragments of Eden — the powerful objects created by the Isu, often in the form of weapons — that are sought by the Templars in the hope that they could be used to recreate the Isu through some kind of cloning technology.
Judging from a recent ScreenRant article, the film will feature the Apple of Eden, as seen in the hands of assassin Ezio Auditore in “Assassin’s Creed II.” But it looks like we will have to wait to discover whether or not the film will link the creation of its Apple to the Isu.
Directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”) and starring Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Marion Cotillard (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Jeremy Irons (“Batman v Superman”), Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary”) and Michael K. Williams (“The Wire,”), “Assassin’s Creed” hits theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
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