Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch must work in the dark to serve the light in a new TV spot for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. This new footage does not skimp on the action, and for folks who want to end their year with an action-packed bang, Assassin's Creed will most certainly fill the bill when it arrives in theaters December 21. While we'll have to wait and see how it performs at the box office, video game movies haven't traditionally performed well, and this particular movie will have a slew of competition.
Assassin's Creed has been given a December 21 release date, where it will go up against Sony's sci-fi thriller Passengers and Universal's animated comedy Sing. It also opens five days before the highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which some are predicting will earn upwards of $130 million, while going up against Warner Bros.' Collateral Beauty. 20th Century Fox will also release the comedy Why Him? on December 23 with Paramount's Fences opening on Christmas Day. It remains to be seen if this video game adaptation will be able to find its footing in such a crowded field.
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. This new TV spot from 20th Century Fox also gives us new glimpses at Jeremy Irons as Alan Rikkin, Marion Cotillard as Dr. Sophia Rikkin and Essie Davis as Mary Lynch.
The supporting cast for Assassin's Creed also includes Michael K. Williams, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed, Matias Padin and Denis Menochet. Justin Kurzel, who directed both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Hamlet last year, directs from a script by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie. The movie is based on the wildly popular video game franchise, which, as of last summer, has sold over 93 million copies, becoming Ubisoft's best-selling video game franchise ever.
Earlier this year, we reported that the production's death-defying Leap of Faith stunt set a new world record. Stuntman Damien Walters' free fall from 125 feet was the highest leap in over 35 years. Production wrapped in January, so we aren't exactly sure when this record-breaking leap took place. Director Justin Kurzel explained in a video taken from the set that he wanted to ground this video game adaptation in reality as much as possible. Producer Patrick Crowley, reveals that, normally, with a stunt as big as the Leap of Faith, it would be a digital character taking the leap. However, since stuntman Damien Walters is said to be "the best," they did this stunt for real. To prepare for this stunt, stuntman Damien Walters first jumped from 70 feet, and then from 90 feet, before the record breaking jump of 125 feet. During the jump, Damien Walters was falling at 61.1 miles per hour upon impact with the large inflatable mat.
Earlier this year, Universal's Warcraft became the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, earning $433.5 million worldwide, although it only took in $47.2 million domestically. Assassin's Creed has a shot to become only the third video game movie ever to crack $100 million at the domestic box office, following 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and this year's The Angry Birds Movie ($107.5 million). Take a look at the new Assassin's Creed TV spot below, as we get closer to the December 21 release date.