First official images of Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed film adaptation released

The eight-year-old video game franchise has sold well over 70m copies

New stills of Michael Fassbender in the Assassin’s Creed film have been released.

The eight-year-old franchise, which has sold well over 70m games, focuses on the centuries-long battle between two factions – the Templars and the Assassins.

The video game adaptation focuses on an equivalent of the game’s main protagonist, Desmond Miles, named Callum Lynch. It also features his 15th century Spanish ancestor, Aguilar. Both Lynch and Aguilar are played by Fassbender.

In the film Lynch is forced to relive his ancestor’s memories via a machine called the Animus.

See photos of Fassbender in costume as Lynch and Aguilar, below:

Earlier this week the first official image of the film was released, featuring Fassbender as Aguilar and Ariane Labed as what appears to be his accomplice.

Speaking about the games, which the star admitted he had not played before he took the part, Fassbender said, “I’ve played it since mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can. The fans are really passionate: very specific and they expect accuracy and historical detail. We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element.”

Alongside Fassbender is his Macbeth costar Marillon Cotillard. Meanwhile, Macbeth director Justin Curzel directs the pair in the new AC film too.

Assassin’s Creed is expected to be released on December 21, 2016.