Some fans were concerned when it was revealed that Michael Fassbender would star in the Assassin’s Creed movie as a character that never appeared in the games. But don’t worry, because there will definitely be at least one assassin from the popular franchise making an appearance.
According to Screen Rant, actor Michael K. Williams is playing Baptiste, an assassin from the Playstation Vita game Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, in the film.
Fassbender is set to play Callum Lynch, a criminal who mysteriously ends up in a prison run by the nefarious Abstergo Industries. The company forces him to relive the genetic memories of his assassin ancestor, hoping to unlock his secrets along the way. Similarly, Williams plays an unwilling guinea pig in Abstergo’s experiments:
“My character, he’s in this prison, whatever this place we call it. His name is Moussa. He is going to… When he becomes an Assassin, he’s going to channel his ancestor, which is a voodoo poisoner who has been dead for about 200 years. His name is Baptiste.”
Assassin’s Creed fans will remember Baptiste as a villain who was initially a member of the same Order of Assassins as the hero, but went rogue and formed a voodoo cult to challenge them.
The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed shows Lynch reliving his ancestor’s life during the Spanish Inquisition as well as his imprisonment. While the Inquisition scenes look action-packed, it seems that the modern sequences at Abstergo could be even more important to the story. As Williams described:
“Moussa is what we call the trickster. His whole thing when Cal comes into the prison, he sees him as the missing link to the puzzle and immediately realizes that we need to bring him into the fold, the family, and to make him feel safe in this room full of crazies. So that’s Moussa’s relationship to Cal right now, is to bring him into the family, make him feel comfortable, and to let him know that we all need to get out of here.“
The Assassin’s Creed games are unique in part because of how they hop across various time periods and locales. While Fassbender’s character will head to the Spanish Inquisition to embody his ancestor, Williams’s will go back to the bayous of Louisiana in the 1700s. Adding Moussa/Baptiste to the film could emulate the time-hopping feel of the game franchise, giving fans a welcome dose of variety.
Assassin’s Creed hits theaters December 21. Are you excited for Baptiste to appear on the big screen? What other assassins do you want to see in the movie? Let us know in the comments.