Ever since production started on Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's head of content Azaïzia Aymar has been providing intriguing photos from the set of this highly-anticipated video game adaptation. Last week, he gave us a look at Michael Fassbender's costume, although the star was facing away from the camera so we couldn't see his face. Earlier today, Azaïzia Aymar posted new photos on his Twitter page, revealing two ancient Templar swords, which are in a display case at Abstergo Industries. The second photo is a close up of the pommel on one sword, which features the depiction of a famous Templar knight. Here's what Azaïzia Aymar had to say on his Twitter page earlier today.
"Look at what I found on #assassinscreedmovie set! Those Abstergo guys just love Templars! Time for a close up! Who is the man on the pommel? #assassinscreedmovie #truetemplarwouldknow"
He later confirmed that the depiction is none other than Hugues De Payens, who was the first Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar. This French knight also co-wrote the Latin Rule with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the Knights Templar's creed and code of behavior. Hugues De Payens lived from 1070 to 1136, and even though this adaptation will take place in two different timelines, both will be far after this historic knight's time.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences 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. It has been confirmed that Michael Fassbender is actually playing two different characters, Callum Lynch and his Spanish descendant Aguilar de Agarorobo.
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.
Justin Kurzel, who directed Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Macbeth, directs from an adapted screenplay by Scott Frank, Michael Leslie, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. The film has already been set for release on December 21, 2016, arriving just five days after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Take a look at the latest set photos from Assassin's Creed, and let us know what you think.