The first image of Michael Fassbender as the lead in the Assassin’s Creed movie has been released.
While the movie is based on Ubisoft’s popular video game series of the same name, Fassbender will play a brand new character, Callum Lynch, rather than any of the games’ previous protagonists. Sorry Ezio fans.
Yahoo, who first revealed the photo, says that Lynch is a new character being introduced into “the same world” as the video games. This may be read as confirming that the film is canon within the videogame series. ComicBook.com is reaching out to Ubisoft and those involved with the film for clarification.
While a different character, Lynch shares traits with the game series’ protagonists. He is a descendent of the Assassins society and has unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the lifeof his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Learning from his predecessor’s experience, he takes the fight to the Knights Templar in the modern era.
Assassin’s Creed also stars Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Production begins on Monday, Aug. 31.
Assassin’s Creed opens in theaters Dec. 21, 2016.