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Assassin’s Creed’s last trailer sets high expectations for the premiere

Will it deliver, or will it be another video game movie?

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Assassin’s Creed, the adaptation of Ubisoft’s action-adventure franchise, premieres in 10 days. 20th Century Fox pumped out one last new trailer for the flick and appended it with a minute-long excerpt from the film.

The trailer is a chunky 2 minutes establishing the story so familiar to video gamers by now. Viewers already know the story setup; this is very similar to the original Assassin’s Creed game except the assassin (present day) is Callum Lynch, not Desmond Miles, and it’s set not in the Holy Land of the 12th Century but the Spanish Inquisition. (Technically, that lasted about 350 years.)

The excerpt depicts Lynch (Michael Fassbender) on his first day at Abstergo school, in the lunchroom with Moussa (Michael Kenneth Williams; yes, he’s Omar from The Wire). The minute-long clip doesn’t spoil anything or divulge anyone’s origin. It appears to happen early in the film, probably after Lynch’s first tango with the Animus.

Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons round out the Serious Actor Cast that Regency is throwing at this flick. We’ll see if we can finally get a video game film adaptation worth a damn after almost 24 years and three dozen attempts. Seriously, go through that list. Plenty of them made a lot of money and a few might have been popcorn pleasures, but as films, they’re all crap.