Michael Fassbender may be at the top of the credits in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed film, but the latest teaser released today by 20th Century Fox shows off more of the film’s highly recognizable ensemble cast and several facets of the Abstergo labs and research facility; it also reminds us that the film will be taking a few liberal steps away from the game. In the new trailer, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) lashes out at security guards and shows a strong reluctance to being held at Abstergo. He is then injected with a clear liquid and later told by Dr. Sophia Rikkin, played by Oscar winner, Marion Cotillard, “You no longer exist.”
For those venturing into the world of Assassin’s Creed for the first time, the film is based on Ubisoft’s highly successful video game franchise of the same name. The series follows protagonist Desmond Miles, a modern-day bartender, who learns that he is the descendant of a long line of assassin’s from various historical periods, including The Third Crusade and Italian Renaissance. Desmond relives the memories of his familial assassin’s via a machine called The Animus- a machine which looks significantly more violent in the film.
So far, every new piece of footage released of the Assassin’s Creed film, including the behind the scenes features, has maintained the high action, as well as the visual similarities that fans have come to expect from the game’s franchise. However, in the newest trailer the bulk of the footage is in the present-day, something that could be potentially worrying to many Assassin’s Creed fans. The games are steeped in history and the bulk of the story relies heavily on the past, not so much the modern-day inner workings of Abstergo. That seems like a mild complaint, though, considering the film doesn’t even feature any of the main characters from the games. To that point, the executive producer, Pat Crowley has stated, “It’s a movie that’s based on the game, but it’s not a movie that is the game.”
Everything that’s in store will have to wait until December 21 when Assassin’s Creed is released in theaters. You can watch the newest trailer below.