WATCH: The first trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ has arrived

Assassins Creed

Even if you’re not a gamer, you have probably heard of the Assassin’s Creed series of video games. The franchise launched in 2007 and has become immensely popular and finds characters using a device called the Animus to relive ancestral memories throughout history, all in the name of fighting a war between the Assassins and the evil Templars. The film adaptation of the franchise has been floating around since 2011, and tonight we got our first look at the trailer, which you can watch below.

Assassin’s Creed follows Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) as he is captured by Sophia and Alan Rikkin (Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons), two members of Abstergo, the modern-day corporate front for the Templars. Michael is put into the Animus to relive the memories of his Assassin ancestor Aguilar (also Michael Fassbender) during the Spanish Inquisition and in the process learns the abilities of the Assassins.

The trailer—strangely set to Kanye West’s “I Am A God”—is pretty action-packed, and we get shots of armies at war along with Aguilar fighting, scaling buildings, and generally being a bad-ass Assassin. It appears we’ll be getting a decent mix of the modern-day and Inquisition plot-lines, and it’ll be interesting to see how director Justin Kurzel handles this balance.

Film adaptations of video games have a rocky history, but the presence of great actors like Fassbender, Cotillard, and Irons, plus the trailer tonight, have us cautiously optimistic that Assassin’s Creed will at least be an entertaining action film.

Assassin’s Creed is landing in theaters on December 21. What are your thoughts on the trailer? Let us know in the comments below.

Gabe Aikins

Gabe Aikins resides in Michigan and writes with his trusty 18-year-old cat by his side. When not writing, he is more than likely working through his back catalogue of video games or reading a book. Follow him on Twitter to listen to him give opinions on pop culture and yell about sports.
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