Assassin's Creed Movie's 15th Century Spain Scenes Will Be in Spanish
"It was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish."
Unlike the games, the majority of the upcoming Assassin's Creed film will take place in the modern day. For the scenes that are set in 15th century Spain, lead actor Michael Fassbender and others will speak in Spanish, director Justin Kurzel revealed in the newest issue of Total Film Magazine (via GamesRadar).
According to the director, he experimented with the actors speaking in English during the historical scenes before settling on the native tongue. It adds an "exoticness and richness to the film," he said.
"I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it," Kurzel said. "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."
Presumably subtitles will be offered.
As announced previously, 65 percent of Assassin's Creed takes place in the modern day, with the remaining 35 percent in the past. In the Assassin's Creed game series, most of the action typically takes places in historical periods such as Colonial America, the French Revolution, and the Renaissance, among others.
Regarding the present day/past percentage split, lead actor Michael Fassbender previously explained why the film is structured the way it is.
"There are certain things that we absolutely want to respect in the game," he said. "But we also want to bring new elements to the game [...] This isn't a video game that we're making. We're trying to make a cinematic experience, so there are new things that we have to introduce."
Fassbender, who has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, plays Assassin's Creed's two lead roles: present day hero Callum Lynch and his ancestor, Aguilar. The film is not directly tied to any Assassin's Creed game, and is said to be the first in a series; Fassbender is reportedly on board for a sequel.
Assassin's Creed opens on December 21. It also stars Oscar-winners Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons, as well as Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams. For lots more, check out GameSpot's interview feature with Fassbender.
As for the Assassin's Creed game series, there won't be a new entry in the mainline series. However, Ubisoft will release the Ezio Trilogy for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in November.
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