Published On: Wed, Feb 10th, 2016

Michael Fassbender talks ‘Assassin’s Creed’ comparing it to ‘The Matrix’

A couple of video games will find their way to the big screen with Assassin’s Creed as director Justin Kurzel reuniting with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired by The Matrix.

Assassin’s Creed recently wrapped principal photography and Fassbender spoke about his character, Callum Lynch, who uses cutting-edge technology to access his “genetic memories,” reliving the experiences of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain.

Michael Fassbender compares "Assassin's Creed" to "The Matrix"

Michael Fassbender compares “Assassin’s Creed” to “The Matrix”

Speaking with Empire, Fassbender compares the film to The Matrix, saying that “I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”

Fans will be eager to see how the modern day scenes and the 15th century storyline gel together and Fassbender calls the film “old school” when speaking of practical effects over the use of CGI.

“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta.

Fans can expect a PG-13 rating and Fassbender speaks to the film’s violence.

“We’re not trying to make it too crazy violent. Although obviously there is an element of that, but what is really cool is that our action sequences are on real sets and real locations.”

Joining Fassbender and Cotillard (Dark Knight Rises) will be Jeremy Irons (Alfred in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Brendan Gleeson, Callum Turner, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brian Turner.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Assassin’s Creed follows a character by the name of Callum Lynch who, through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, is able to experience the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Assassin’s Creed opens in theaters December 21st, 2016.

First look: Michael Fassbender in "Assassin's Creed"

First look: Michael Fassbender in “Assassin’s Creed”

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