Michael Fassbender explains time-traveling Animus in latest ‘Assassin’s Creed’ featurette

Michael Fassbender arrives at the TIFF soiree fundraiser held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Canada, on September 7. Fassbender goes behind-the-scenes of his upcoming film "Assassin's Creed" alongside costar Marion Cotillard as part of a new featurette. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Michael Fassbender details the time-traveling Animus alongside costar Marion Cotillard in a new featurette for their upcoming film, “Assassin’s Creed.”

“The Animus is a machine that allows somebody to revisit the lives of their ancestor’s,” Fassbender says of the device at the heart of the film’s plot alongside footage of his character Callum Lynch being inserted into the machine.

“It is genetic time-travel,” adds Cotillard who portrays Sophia Rikkin, the leading scientist of the Animus project. “The subjects enter the Animus and they take the place of one of their ancestors,” she continues.

“It’s a very cool experience, it’s just a fantastic concept,” continues Fassbender as his character is shown leaping into action donning hooded armor and hidden wrist blades as an Assassin in 15th Century Spain.

Much like the video game series the film is based on, Fassbender will be thrown into a centuries-old conflict between the Assassins and the villainous Templars as he learns how to become a skilled killer through the Animus.

Directed by Justin Kurzel and also starring Jeremy Irons, “Assassin’s Creed” arrives in theaters Dec. 21.


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