Just under one year from now, one of the most popular video games will come to life on the silver screen when Assassin's Creed arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016. Michael Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch, who learns he is part of a long line of assassins. The actor also portrays Callum's ancestor Aguilar, a 15th Century assassin, whose memories he can access through new technology. The video game is among the most popular on the market, but during a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael Fassbender revealed that he had never played the game before he landed the role.

"I hadn't played it before these guys approached me. I've played it since mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character. We're striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We're really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We're working hard to make this something special."

Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Carlos Bardem, Denis Menochet, Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons round out the supporting cast for Assassin's Creed, which started production this past August in Malta. It has already been confirmed that this adaptation will be set in the same universe as the video game series. Azaïzia Aymar has teased that certain characters from the games will be popping up in the movie, but he wouldn't reveal any specific names.

"A lot of the stuff in the game is Parkour. Blades attached to his wrists. It's about getting in close to the target, close quarters fighting. I've learned how to roly poly, tumble turn. Stuff you can do in everyday life. Like cartwheels. No - just basic fight choreography stuff. I did some horse stuff today. So stuff like that."

Justin Kurzel directs from a screenplay by Scott Frank, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Leslie. In addition, Entertainment Weekly debuted a new photo from Assassin's Creed, which features our first look at Ariane Labed, alongside Michael Fassbender. Take a look at the new photo below, and stay tuned for more on Assassin's Creed, which hits theaters on December 21, 2016.

Michael Fassbender & Ariane Labed in <i>Assassin's Creed</i>