Michael Fassbender: concept of DNA memory in Assassin’s Creed ‘makes a lot of sense scientifically’

The sci-fi concept of DNA memory features in forthcoming film ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Michael Fassbender has said the notion of DNA memory “makes a lot of sense” in a new interview.

In his forthcoming film Assassin’s Creed, out January 1 2017, Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch is forced to relive the memories of his 15th-century Spanish ancestor Aguilar by a conglomerate called Abstergo Technologies, using the fictional ‘Animus’ technology.

Discussing the idea of ancestral memories being passed down in DNA with Empire, Fassbender said: “I wasn’t aware of that until I met the guys from [game developer] Ubisoft. I thought, ‘Wow, scientifically that makes a lot of sense.’”


He added, “[Director] Justin [Kurzel] says it’s a film about belonging – roots and ancestry. It’s about what you leave behind for the next generation.”

The third trailer for Assassin’s Creed, above, was unveiled last Friday (December 9). In the clip, Jeremy Irons – playing Alan Rikkin – explains the mission of Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch: to relive his ancestor’s memories and discover the location of a powerful artifact that can suppress rebellions, known as the Apple of Eden.

The film is directed by Macbeth director Justin Kurzel, and also stars Marillon Cotillard, who, like Kurzel, worked with Fassbender on Macbeth. Assassin’s Creed has been in development since 2011 and it sees Fassbender acting as co-producer for the first time in his career.