Netflix’s Assassin’s Creed TV series should do what the 2016 movie failed to do, and properly include franchise voice actor Danny Wallace.
Netflix’s Assassin’s Creed TV series should fix one of the movie’s biggest dishonors by properly including franchise voice actor Danny Wallace. This was just one of many issues that fans had with the 2016 big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series. The film, which wasn’t a success at the box office, was criticized for a number of reasons and primarily its failure to be faithful to the spirit of the games.
Fans already have higher hopes for the TV series, which was recently confirmed to be in development. Netflix, which already made TV shows out of The Witcher and Castlevania, has partnered with the makers of Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft, to produce a variety of content based on the video game series. First up from Netflix and Ubisoft is a live-action Assassin’s Creed TV show. What the show’s plot will involve hasn’t been revealed, but it’s likely that it will incorporate the core concepts of the games, including modern-day scientists using a memory machine to delve into the past. Regardless of which period of history the show uses, it’s sure to revolve around a conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and their oldest and most hated enemies, the Templars.
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The Assassin’s Creed show must avoid making specific mistakes and already has a list of things it needs to get right that the movie didn’t. One of these problems is how the film utilized Danny Wallace. From Assassin’s Creed II to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Wallace voiced Shaun Hastings, a historian and modern Assassin who factored heavily into the games’ present-day stories. Hastings typically works with those who operate the Animus and provides assistance to the player who has to relive the main protagonist’s memories. In total, Wallace has voiced Hastings in seven games. To recognize his importance to the franchise, Assassin’s Creed was supposed to have a Danny Wallace cameo (possibly of him playing Hastings), but it didn’t make it into the movie.
Cutting the cameo came as a disappointment, considering how important Hastings is to the Assassin’s Creed games universe, and how many times Wallace has lent his voice to the character. It felt right for Wallace (who has done live-action work before) to play him in the movie, and it shouldn’t have been a problem story-wise for Wallace to be shown among the people working with the modern Assassins and the Animus.
Given that the new take is a TV series, Netflix’s Assassin’s Creed will have more opportunities to fix this issue. The show can do right by Wallace and his Hastings character by giving him a proper cameo in the modern-day scenes. He can be shown interacting with the person who will go into the Animus, whether it’s Desmond Miles or an original character. Depending on how much time the show spends in the present, Wallace’s Hastings could end up playing a much more active role in the story and get more than just a cameo.
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