Michael Fassbender doesn’t just count X-Men enemy/ally Magneto among his geek cred roles — he’s also the lead actor and an executive producer on the upcoming live action Assassin’s Creed movie.
Based on Ubisoft’s long-running stealth action gaming series, the live-action adaptation has been in the works since 2011. Despite delays, and the concerns of anyone who has seen a movie based on a video game before, it’s going ahead, and the first look at Fassbender in costume has now been revealed.
The image was shown first on Yahoo! Movies, and it looks to be incredibly accurate to the style of the original sequence of games. Of particular note are the signature hidden blades, extending from the detailed gauntlets on Fassbender’s wrists. Overall, the costume is one of the most accurate translations from game to film we’ve seen.
Don’t expect a repeat of the stories from any of the Assassin’s Creed games though. The movie sees Fassbender as Callum Lynch, who discovers his heritage lies within the Assassin Brotherhood. The film will maintain one of the series’ core concepts though, that of genetic memories. Yet while modern day protagonist Desmond Miles was distinct from Altair, Ezio, and Connor in the games, Fassbender will have a dual role as Connor’s ancestor, Aguilar de Agarorobo, with the historical segments of the movie set in 15th Century Spain.
The separation of game and film is probably for the best — cinematic adaptations of games have rarely worked when trying to hew closely to the source material, suffering both creative strangleholds and attracting the ire of angry fans objecting to changes. Allowing the movie to stand alone gives it chance to work within its own medium. The solo nature also fits with the wider Assassin’s Creed franchise, which has canonically explored other Assassins and Templars through comics, novels, and gaming spin-offs — Callum and Aguilar will merely be two more characters in the wider lore.
The first look at the outfit comes ahead of the movie beginning actual production. Fassbender and his fellow cast, including The Dark Knight Rises‘ Marion Cotillard, 12 Years a Slave’s Michael Kenneth Williams, and Before Midnight’s Ariane Labed will appear before director Justin Kurzel’s cameras from next Monday. The shoot is expected to cover London, Malta, and Spain. The finished product should hit cinemas on 21 December, 2016.