With ten days to go before the theatrical premiere, 20th Century Fox released a final trailer for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie, alongside a new clip from the film.
This final trailer for the upcoming movie definitely gives away a lot more useful info than the previous ones. Viewers are introduced to the Apple of Eden, and while not much about the artifact is revealed, it’s made clear that it’s powerful and the Templars want it. Of course, this and a number of other things from the trailer that would seem mysterious to people unacquainted with the source material comes as no surprise to fans of the franchise. For example, the fact that the Templars and Abstergo Industries are one and the same is never explicitly mentioned, and Jeremy Irons’ outfit is designed in a way that doesn’t make it instantly obvious which timeline he belongs to (though some of the scenes do give this away). Another neat easter egg, if you will, is how the “bleeding-effect” is alluded to in the trailer.
The boards with the post-it notes regarding Callum’s relation to the Assassins has much in common with some of the backstory revealed about Desmond Miles in the earlier entries of the games. In fact, that remote desert village where Callum (played by Michael Fassbender) is captured looks a lot like how the remote Assassin facility is described from where Desmond escaped prior to the events of the first Assassin’s Creed.
The Animus looks a lot different in the movie version than in the games. It’s certainly a lot more visually… busy. Simply lying on a VR-enabled bed probably didn’t rub the suits in Hollywood in the right ways, so it has to be a mechanized theme-park ride that would never pass a safety check.
The clip, on the other hand, is a shorter slice of an unedited scene from the film. It isn’t clear when this takes place in the story, but it seems like it occurs pretty early on. Taking place in an Abstergo cafeteria, Callum meets one of the other subjects who is being used for Animus simulations. The man (played by Michael K. Williams) mentions that he’s “Baptiste”, a name players of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation will remember. Baptiste was an Assassin-turned-Templar who is poisoned by Aveline during the course of the game. At the end of the clip, the man asks Callum whether he’s met “him”, probably referring to the ancestor whose memories he will relive in the Animus. Oh, and “undercover” Abstergo employees do that whole “we’re totally not tracking you and keeping an eye on you” thing Hollywood loves doing.
Assassin’s Creed hits theaters Dec. 21.
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This post was originally written by Aron Gerencser.