Assassin’s Creed Fully Subtitled for Historical Sequences

With exactly three months remaining before the theatrical release of Assassin's Creed on December 21st, 2016, we can't help but wonder. The film continues to confuse us. First we are shown just how serious the production team took the "Leap of Faith" stunts, and now we are told that the film is going for another level of authenticity. All while 20th Century Fox and Ubisoft claim that they aren't worried at all about the film's reception. It could suck, and (supposedly) they'd be okay with that. I'm not getting it. Just an (expensive) plug for the game? Explain your reasoning Fox! But I digress...

When you don't care, you can take risks. One such risk by director Justin Kurzel is having a sizeable portion of the film be shot in Spanish. That's right, audiences who have spent their lives dodging foreign films are going to get an unexpected surprise when they start reading subtitles.

Assassin's Creed Shot in Spanish

Assassin's Creed Horse

Though we've been told that only about 20% of the film's running time will take place in the past, that entire 20% will be spoken in Spanish. Director Justin Kurzel confirmed this fact in the recent issue of Total Film.

“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it,” director Justin Kurzel explains in the new issue of Total Film magazine. “We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”

Assassin's Creed Aims for Realism

Assassin's Creed in Spanish

This is awesome on so many levels. During the production phase of Assassin's Creed, both cast and crew hinted that the film was going for a sense of realism. It seemed far-fetched considering that this was a video game adaptation after all. But everything we've seen so far strives for exactly that. When the production began I couldn't help but wonder if scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper allowed for the use of horses. In the early video games, horses were one of the few ways to get around between cities. Or, in an attempt to save money, maybe the flashback-story will just take place in a single city. The answer is a big yes, we will see Michael Fassbender cruising around on a horse.

And, if he's riding around on a horse, we can only wonder what other locations we might visit in the flashback sequences.

If you have not done so, check out the first trailer for Assassin's Creed. 20th Century Fox also released a new batch of photos, a few of which can be seen below.

Fassbender and Cotillard in Assassin's Creed

Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) reacts to a revolutionary technology, administered by the mysterious Sofia (Marion Cotillard)

Assassin's Creed