'Assassin's Creed' movie spoilers, news: featurette digs into film's mythology

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The upcoming action-adventure film “Assassin’s Creed” is one of those few cinematic adaptations of a video game franchise that’s long overdue. Sure, fans of the original video game have been waiting for a very long time for this, but since it was announced, the hype over it hasn’t been that great due to the existence of major big-budget films within the same genre. Nonetheless, the recently released featurette definitely gave moviegoers a reason to be intrigued.

The video explains the film’s mythology, which appears to be the filmmaker’s attempt to provide information to those who have not played the actual game or aren’t familiar with the “Assassin’s Creed” backstory. While the film takes place in the same world to that of the video game franchise, the writers are introducing an original story that essentially expands the traditional mythology of the game series.

The film stars Michael Fassbender, playing the role of main protagonist Callum Lynch. According to Collider, Lynch is a highly skilled individual and career criminal who is considered as the last of his kind in the bloodline of a group of warriors named “Assassins.”

“Assassin’s Creed” tells the story of the conflict between the Assassins, a family of warriors that operate under the principle that all of mankind should be able to practice free will, and the Templars, a group of men hungry for power and domination. Simply put, the Assassins want a world where humanity is free from all forms of control and slavery, while the Templars want it the other way around.

The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”) and written by the trio of Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Aside from Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, and Brendan Gleeson play supporting roles.

“Assassin’s Creed” hits the big screen in the United States on Dec. 21, while theaters in the United Kingdom will begin showing on Jan.1, 2017.