Although not as nearly consistent as Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox has been churning out exciting, new films and building up new franchises this year. In February, the movie studio blessed the world with the record-breaking Marvel property Deadpool. The film did so well, Fox immediately green-lit a sequel (which will reportedly feature Cable — and potentially crossover with Spider-Man).
In a couple of weeks, X-Men: Apocalypse will reign mutant terror in theaters, followed by the third and final installment of the Wolverine franchise in 2017 (also marking the last time Hugh Jackman will helm the mantle of Logan).
Before heading into 2017, Fox will debut the first ever, live-action adaption of the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Development of the film was announced back in 2011, after Sony began negotiations with Ubisoft (since then, Sony dropped out and Fox signed on to distribute the film). In 2012, Michael Fassbender (300, Inglourious Basterds and X-Men: Apocalypse) was announced as the lead character Callum Lynch, while 2014 brought news that Justin Kurzel would direct.
The film will also star Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams and Jeremy Irons, and arrives in theaters December 21st. Watch the official trailer (premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live) below.
Career criminal Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is rescued from his own execution by Abstergo Industries, the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order. He is forced to participate in the Animus Project and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the Spanish Inquisition. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.
We’re not even halfway into the new year, and it’s already starting to feel like a lot like Christmas.