The first world premiere trailer for the Regency and Ubisoft collaborated action/adventure, Assassin's Creed, based off of the acclaimed and prolific video game series just dropped on Jimmy Kimmel Live. To be honest, it looks absolutely sick! So, being that I'm a HUGE fan of the video game series, I just couldn't pass up breaking this thing down. So let's get started.
The Majority Of The Movie Appears To Take Place In Modern Day And 15th Century Spain
The trailer opens with what appears to be a modern and later, a 15th century shot of Spain. This seems to imply that Michael Fassbender, starring as modern day Callum Lynch, and the 15th century, Spaniard assassin, Aguilar, will be taken to Spain in order to further sync with his ancestor's memory in the location he existed in, an aspect visited in the video games, particularly Desmond Miles when he and his team of modern day assassins set up in Ezio's family home at Monteriggioni. It appears we are viewing the same tower in each shot, located in different time periods.
Marion Cotillard An Abstergo Agent?
We then peek our first look at Marion Cotillard as Sophia Rikkin, who appears to be possibly assuming a similar role to the very first Assassin's Creed's Lucy Stillman, an assassin, doubling as an Abstergo employee who initially oversees Desmond Miles' Animus sessions, only later to help him escape the building and the grasp of Abstergo. Whether or not she's choosing sides in AC is yet to be seen.
We then get our first glimpse of the insinuating plot, in that Callum Lynch appears to be a criminal - or a poor soul framed as one - who undergoes a lethal injection execution, Sophia telling him that he no longer exists as Callum Lynch. A very fortuitous shift in events for Abstergo Industries. They're always looking for fresh meat.
We then see a very peculiar shot of what appears to be some sort of indoor garden or park, possibly Abstergo's twisted idea of allowing their "subjects" to "get out" and enjoy some fresh air. We're either looking at a rec room, or a possible nod to the Apple, or Garden of Eden, if we're to believe on face value that the movies will also follow the First Civilization story as well, being that Ubisoft has already confirmed the film will take place within the video game universe.
Animus Or Training Exercise?
Next up, we get our first look at the movie's Animus, this go around, the mechanical arm-esque machine seemingly giving the user a much more wide range of motion as opposed to the video games', which more or less puts the user into a verifiable coma on a cold, white slab. What purposes this looser concept of the Animus could serve, allowing the user to move freely, could pay some credence into the fact that users of the Animus begin to take on their assassin ancestors' abilities and strengths the more they use the device. Maybe we'll see some sequences of an entranced Callum mimicking his ancestor's movements while he is inside his mind and memories.
A Defining Look At Aguilar
Cut to 15th century Spain during the Inquisition, a time of great religious intolerance, and we see a very different looking Fassbender - older, gruffer, and tattooed, the makeup team did well in driving a wedge between the two looks of the different characters in one actor's appearance. While Callum looks a confused, victimized man, Aguilar looks like a rugged, cold-blooded killer.
Sophia's Father, Alan
A surprising, yet extremely pleasant surprise comes in Jeremy Irons, playing Alan Rikkin, father to Sophia, and CEO of Abstergo - not a man you at all would want to cross, or even meet for that matter. If Rikkin is anything like the video games' Warren Vidic, he will surely be causing an insurmountable level of trouble for Callum and possibly even the world at large.
A New Civil War?
What we could be seeing in the image below, could very likely be one of the numerous conflicts which broke out between warring religious communities. One such conflict was the civil war between Castile and Aragon in the 1460s. Either way, it looks like we'll be in familiar territory like the video game series in an assassin operating within a war zone, such as Altair during the Crusades, Connor Kenway in the American Revolution, or Arno Dorian in Paris during the French Revolution. It appears Aguilar will be working behind the scenes of similar world changing conflicts.
Next, we get a glimpse at what appears to be the assassin's supporting cast in Aguilar's brothers in arms. This is not unlike Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in which a middle-aged Ezio travels to Rome in his second outing during the game series, where NPC assassin teammates are introduced to the game, Ezio able to recruit and manage his brotherhood, as well as order them to attack chosen targets. Whatever the case, it should be awesome to watch the assassins fight side by side.
Many times in Assassin's Creed, we are introduced to a new assassin as either a common man with the potential for greatness or man down on his luck. The latter appears to be the case for Aguilar.
We are introduced to who appear to be ruler figures of Spain, a king and perhaps an advisor, overseeing an execution, Aguilar one of the unfortunates who are to be burned at the stake.
The king could very likely be Ferdinand (c.1479 - 1516) and the advisor character could possibly be Tomas de Torquemada, who in 1483, became the inquisitor-general, who was responsible for establishing the rules of inquisitorial procedure and creating branches of the Inquisition in various cities. It would be no surprise, therein if he also made suggestions of who should be burned at the stake for heretical actions committed against Spain.
It appears Aguilar will be getting full synchronization for pulling an air assassination on this target, a man who appears to either be an emissary or some other important political figure in need of silencing.
We get a shot of what appears to be an Abstergo task force moving in to either apprehend an escaping subject, or quell some sort of uprising. They look to mean serious business.
Double Hidden Blade Action!
Its looking like the assassins will be dishing out some very stylish death, as we see French actress, Ariane Abed give someone a smirk after she quickly drops two guards.
The 15th Century Assassins Won't Be The Only Ones Kicking Ass
It looks like Abstergo will also be putting their subjects through physical training outside of the Animus.
The Parkour Will Be On Point
One of the biggest aspects of Assassin's Creed games is the free-roam ability to run just about anywhere and climb just about anything, in hyper-stylized form. Fortunately it appears that aspect is going nowhere.
They even have the guards slowly trying to chase the assassin's across rooftops! They never really catch up in the games, haha.
What we are seeing in this trailer is very promising and bodes well for the final product. I as a fan of the games, personally, am very excited for what is to be revealed next of Assassin's Creed.
- Josh Price
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