In December, #Ubisoft is going to face off against the annual Star Wars rendezvous with the cinematic adaptation of #AssassinsCreed, its biggest franchise to date. And while movies based on #videogames are famously cursed, this new project can rely on its excellent cast, featuring #MichaelFassbender and #MarionCotillard.
What we've seen from the trailer shows that the movie has put great effort into replicating the universe of the games, starting with the era of the Spanish Inquisition in 15th century Spain. Yet, most of the scenes have been filmed not in Spain but on the beautiful island of Malta: Take a tour of the filming locations for Assassin's Creed below!
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Malta is a popular filming location, having hosted the sets of other meridional action movies such as Gladiator and Troy. Looking at the pictures below, it's easy to imagine why Assassin's Creed director Justin Kurzel chose this background.
While it was built in the 19th century by the British, it doesn't look like it'd be too hard to transform these dusty walls into an old Spanish city.
The City Of Valletta
A big part of Assassin's Creed consists of acrobatic figures, with characters chasing each other on rooftops and jumping from building to building. The narrow streets of Valletta, whose construction dates back to the 16th century, are ideal for these moves so familiar to the players of the franchise.
Close to the city of Valletta, Manoel Island hosts the Lazzaretto (above), which was initially constructed to be a quarantine hospital. Restoration of the island's structures has only recently started, providing the perfect mix of fully functional buildings and derelict filming locations.
The Cabo De Gata-Níjar Natural Park
Located in the South-East of Spain in the province of Andalucia, this natural park features a desert climate and plenty of rocky islands along the coast. While sea-side scenes weren't visible in the trailer, they certainly match the warm and arid feel of Callum Lynch's time-travel into the past.
The El Chorrillo Site In Pechina
Another popular site for historical epics, this site provided the background for Exodus before welcoming Assassin's Creed, not too far from the natural park mentioned above. This region provides some of the only desert landscapes in Europe, allowing the crew to not travel too far.
Finally, the scenes that didn't require sand and sun — which means the part of the scenario taking place in present day, where the poor Lynch is getting shaken by the Animus like a broken maracas — were filmed in the UK, in the renowned Pinewood Studios and in London.