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Michael Fassbender says The Matrix was their major influence while making Assassin’s Creed

February 10th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Assassin's Creed

We’re cautiously optimistic about the Assassin’s Creed movie. It has a virtuoso director in Justin Kurzel, an excellent supporting cast including Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson and, of course, Michael Fassbender at the centre.

The creative forces behind Macbeth, one of 2015’s most underrated films, are attempting to break the videogame-to-movie curse with the cinematic adaptation of Ubisoft’s immensely popular series.

However, Fassbender is citing The Matrix as a main influence, meaning we could be in for some genre-redefining brilliance if they pull it off.

“I’ve always thought about The Matrix when we’ve approached this,” he told Empire (via Squareeyed). “This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you’re on board in a different way.”

“There’s very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films,” he stresses. “We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. We’ve got (stunt man) Damian Walters doing a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it’s pretty incredible to see.”


“Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain,” reads the official synopsis.

“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 organisation in the present day.”

Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21, 2016. Watch Fassbender and Kurzel talk about Macbeth below:

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.