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The trailer for hotly anticipated game-turned-action-flick Assassin’s Creed has landed, and it’s not short on drama.

Michael Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch, a career criminal who discovers he’s not been executed as expected, but rather that a member of shadowy organization Abstergo Industries (played by Michael’s Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard) is about to use technology to plonk him down in 15th-century Spain, right in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition.

Got it? Good. There he accesses the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and discovers he has the skills of a Master Assassin on account of being a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

It’s a classic guy-goes-back-in-time, guy-meets-ancestor, guy-kills-everyone-in-sight type of story, and, as apparently all of them must do nowadays, the trailer ups the ante with a spot of Kanye:

Michael and Marion head up an all-star cast, including The Wire and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. WilliamsAriane Labed (The Lobster, Before Midnight), Into The Storm‘s Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Irons as Sophia’s father Alan, the only character in the movie to have appeared previously in the hugely successful series of video games that inspired it.

Otherwise it’s its own movie, with an original story that expands on the games’ universe and mythology.

“We absolutely want to respect the game,” Michael told games website IGN in 2014. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game.”

We’ll have to wait until Christmas to see what those are; Assassin’s Creed opens in theaters on December 21.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.