'Assassin's Creed' release date, movie news, spoilers: official trailer is out, Michael Fassbender plays lead role

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Even though there is zero hope that a new video game title for the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise will be launched this year, at least fans of the Ubisoft-created game will get the next best thing a film adaptation. The “Assassin’s Creed” film has been rumored since early this year and now, the release of the new trailer officially confirms its existence.

According to PC Gamer, the trailer showcases one thing that has been expected all along the representation of the video game’s science fiction concept. For avid fans of the franchise, the trailer must have been beyond what was expected since the short clip shows a lot of stuff found in the original game material.

The film stars Michael Fassbender (“X-Men,” “Inglorious Basterds”) and is directed by the Australian filmmaker, Justin Kurzel. The 42-year old is best known for “Macbeth,” a film that was chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or in last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

This film adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed” is hard-pressed to do well at the box office considering the fact that many of the earlier films based on popular video games have performed poorly, to say the least.

Per report from Deadline, the film is set in the same world of the video game. Fassbender plays the role of Callum Lynch, a career criminal who escapes execution when Abstergo Industries chooses to hire him as a participant in a project that will transform him into his assassin ancestor named Aguilar de Nerha. He will eventually be able to retain Aguilar’s skills as a ferocious assassin through memory access. And similar to the game, Lynch will eventually battle against the very same organization that saved him from execution.

Aside from Fassbender, “Assassin’s Creed” will also feature Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams, Ariane Labed, Charlotte Rampling, and Khalid Abdalla in supporting roles.

The film is scheduled for a U.S. release on Dec. 21.