New Assassin's Creed Posters Show the Towering Influence of Aguilar

15th-century assassin Aguilar (Michael Fassbender) stands tall in two new international posters for "Assassin's Creed," 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the massively popular "Assassin's Creed" game franchise.

In one poster, Aguilar looms above the Spanish skyline of his own native time. Many of the film's other stars appear within Aguilar's outline, including Marion Cotillard's Doctor Sophia Rikkin, who reveals to Callum Lynch (also played by Fassbender) how to access the skills, memories and experiences of his assassin ancestor. We also see Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), who is the Chief Executive Officer of Abstergo Industries, which provides the technology enabling Lynch to interface with Aguilar.

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History fans might also be struck by the passing similarity between the poster and the frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes' political philosophy Leviathan, which illustrates how the political body of a nation, personified by its leader, is composed of its population held together in a social contract. However, it seems that in "Assassin's Creed," the film's characters are held together more by the long shadow of Aguilar's activities than by any kind of political philosophy.

A second poster shows both Aguilar and his descendant Callum Lynch split along the lines of their respective timelines.

Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams, “Assassin’s Creed” hits theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.

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