The Assassin’s out of the bag as Yahoo release exclusive pics of Michael Fassbender in costume for the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed film, based on the Unisoft game of the same name.
I’m not much of a gamer – mostly because I lost six months of my life to Goldeneye 007 on N64 way back in 97 and it put the fear in me ever since – but I do try to keep one eye on the gaming world. Though I’ve never played, I’ve always thought the Assassin’s Creed costumes were some of the most cinematic in mainstream gaming.
There’s an elegant complexity to a character like Altair Ibn-La’Ahad’s gear. Like Jack Sparrow or “Strider” Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings, there’s a lot of back story in those costumes, references to rugged lives lived before the moment we meet them on screen.
Director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth) is bringing the Creed franchise to the big screen next year, with Michael Fassbender starring and producing, and it looks like they’e gotten a good handle on the game’s aesthetic.
Yahoo has released the first character study of Fassbender who plays both modern day assassin Callum Lynch and his Spanish assassin ancestor Aguilar, and it looks good. Really, really good.
There’s a rustic feel to the costume, with what looks like woven panels across his chest, rather than steel or leather armor. The rustic vibe continues, with layered sashes and more woven material beneath his sword belt. It looks ritualistic and arcane – what’s in the pouch? why so many belts? – yet functional too.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the signature peak on the assassin’s hood is missing, though the automatic knives in the vambraces, the assassin’s weapon of choice, are a feature key of Aguilar’s look. That steel sure does look shiny next to all that grey, wheat and russet. Very chic.
Fassbender is a smart guy so I’m hoping he and Kurzel will make a smart film – the kind of shot in the arm game-based flicks really need. Whatever they make, one thing is certain – it’s going to look the part.
Assassin’s Creed is slated for December 2016. Filming is set to start in London, Malta and Spain next week.