Michael Fassbender: Assassin's Creed is a fantasy ride
Michael Fassbender plans to take audiences on a "fantasy ride" in 'Assassin's Creed'.
The 38-year-old star is set to play modern man Callum Lynch and his bearded 15th Century ancestor Aguilar in the pseudo-science film based on the popular video game series that gives him the ability to inhabit both time frames.
Fassbender admits the he was fascinated by the time-travelling premise as soon as he first read the script and he is sure cinema goers will be exhilarated by the action they see on screen.
Speaking to Total Film magazine about the movie, he said: "I thought it was a really cool concept to start from,
"I wanted to take an audience on a fantasy ride, but give them something that fits some sort of scientific theory. That was a really interesting element to the game."
Although the film is inspired by the Ubisoft game series the storyline and character played by the 'Steve Jobs' star were specially created for the movie.
The 'Assassin's Creed' game storyline is driven by the Aminus a machine that allows people in the present to relive the memories of their ancestors.
Callum Lynch is of significant interest to the mysterious Abstergo Industries because of his genetic connection to Aguilar.
The movie will see Callum discover he is a descendant of the secret Assassins Society when he delves into his past and he must learn the skills of a killer to fight the Templars - historic enemies of the Assassins Society - in the modern world.
Although the movie has many outlandish stunts and settings, director Justin Kurzel was reluctant to rely on CGI and chose "locations that immerse you" for the scenes in both time frames
He said: "The real challenge is how you breach the present and the past. We have many devices that we've worked into the present that almost feel as though the history of the film is shadowing the present day. I really was reluctant to film it all on green screen in a car park.
"Those great films like 'Lawrence of Arabia' - you can feel the effort going into them in terms of trying to recreate a world through costumes and through sets and locations that immerse you. That, to me, was very important."
'Assassin's Creed' will hit cinemas later this year.