Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), star of the upcoming big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, says the film has a vibe similar to The Matrix.
Talking with Empire Magazine, Fassbender states the adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular franchise is much more than a fantasy romp, name dropping the genre-redefining flick from the Wachowski’s as a major influence.
“The idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in,” Fassbender said. “I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this.”
Fassbender also promises “old school” stunts and spectacle.
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. We’ve got [stunt man]Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.
One of the things Fassbender seemed pretty keen to stress was that the film won’t be overly violent. Instead, the flick will focus on intricate action sequences and stealth missions akin to the game.
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.
The film see’s Fassbender playing the part of Callum Lynch, whom through the use of a device called the Animus is able to revisit and experience ancestral memories linked to a pirate named Aguilar from the 15th century.
Assassin’s Creed officially wrapped recently and is expected to hit US cinemas on December 21.