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Since it was first announced, I've been excited for the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie. An adaptation of the best selling and long running Ubisoft video game, the franchise is now running on nine official entries with another near dozen supporting titles, the real attraction to the project, besides the interesting set-up, is the cast and crew.

Directed by Justin Kurzel of The Snowtown Murders and Macbeth fame, and re-teaming the powerhouse acting duo of Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, the movie also stars Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brian Gleeson. Some heavy hitters here and one has to assume that to get Kurzel, Fassbender and Cotillard together for back-to-back projects, this script had to show promise.

Like the game, the central action of the movie unfolds in an exploration of memories. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a man who finds himself sucked into a centuries old battle between two secret societies: Assassins and the Knight's Templar. Through the use of a device known as the Animus, Callum is sent back into the memories of his ancestor to find information that will help end the war between the societies.

The two key aspects of the game are the visuals of the universes and the game-play which focuses on stealth and a whole lot of parkour and the movie is definitely following the queues. The first trailer sets up the basics of the story and gives us a great look at the in-dream universe – in this case the Spanish Inquisition – and suggestions of great action to come.

This could well be the year of not one but two great video game based movies.

Assassin's Creed opens December 21.

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