20th Century Fox has launched a special site based off in-game conglomerate Abstergo Industries in anticipation of its film adaptation of Assassin's Creed. Poking around the website doesn't offer much yet, aside from the option to sign up for more updates on the movie's production, but the tweet which subtly reveals the fictional corporation's live homepage also has a special treat for fans.
12.21.16 pic.twitter.com/ikNNeheWuk— Assassin's Creed (@AssassinsMovie) December 21, 2015
Jeremy Irons will play the mysterious Alan Rikkin in the live-action Assassin's Creed, serving as the antagonist to Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch. Naturally, we rang up the phone number listed on the CEO's business card and found that it actually works. Check out the audio below to hear Alan Rikkin's message to those curious about what the present-day front for the Templar Order has to say.
The film debuts on Dec. 21, 2016, as Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed back in February. The date mentioned by Irons in the answering machine message — March 25 — happens to be the release date for another big movie: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
It's possible that Rikkin will return from his business trip on that date to be back for the launch of the film's full debut trailer, which may come attached with that movie; there's no confirmation of the trailer arriving with the DC superhero film from either 20th Century Fox or co-producer Ubisoft Pictures, however.
We got our first look at the Assassin's Creed film in August, when images of Fassbender as Lynch hit the internet. Production began in September, with Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) directing a cast that includes Fassbender, Irons and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.