Assassin's Creed Trailer: See Michael Fassbender in Action as Callum Lynch and Aguilar

May 12, 2016 12:05 PM

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The action-adventure video game series, which began in 2007, has transported gamers to various points throughout history. But Fassbender was somewhat unfamiliar with the franchise when he signed on to star in the film. "I just thought that there was a great cinematic story in the ethos behind the game, this idea of Assassins and Templars. It's not like your Star Wars franchise where you have the light and the dark side," he told Empire. "This is a very muddled-up moral ground." (Ironically, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters a week before Assassin's Creed.) Fassbender was also impressed with Kurzel's vision for the film. "There's very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in Valletta," he said. British freerunner Damien Walters and others brought their derring-do and parkour skills to set. "Damien did a 120-foot leap of faith, without any rope, into a bag, so it's pretty incredible to see," said Fassbender, who did a few of his own stunts, too. "I learned how to roly-poly, tumble turn," he laughed. "Basic fight choreography."

Fassbender drew inspiration from other films to prepare. "I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in," he explained. "Then the journey becomes ...

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