Where was Assassin's Creed filmed?

The new movie based on the famous Ubisoft franchise is not based on any existing video game. The plot, as well as its characters, is completely original. Callum Lynch (played by Michael Fassbender) can get into the skin of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerja, thanks to a technology that unlocks genetic memories. Aguilar was a member of the mysterious Secret Order of Assassins and possessor of great skills, that can be used to fight the powerful Templar organization.

This ambitious adaptation has been directed by Australian Justin Kurzel, who put an special effort in shooting on location as much as possible, and using practical effects instead of creating stuff on a computer. The film is also starring Jeremy Irons, Brian Gleeson, Marion Cotillard, and the Spaniards Javier Gutiérrez and Carlos Bardem.

Assassin's Creed has been filmed in Malta, Spain and in the Pinewood Studios in England. The story takes place in the present day and in the 15th century Spanish city of Seville:

Assassin's Creed filming locations
We start jumping from building to building in the beautiful narrow streets of the old quarter of Valletta, in Malta.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed Malta
Scene of a fight in the top of the Basilica of St Dominic. The production team transformed Merchants Street into an atmospheric and dark medieval Seville. They masked road signs with fabric, covered the floor with sand and decorated the area with stalls, carts and other details. Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox




Assassin's Creed Valletta
More locations in Valletta include the Grand master's Palace, the National Library, and St Augustine Church.
Image by Oscartdesign


Assassin's Creed Location
Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition to be set in Fort Manoel, featuring splendid views of Valletta In the background. This part of the movie involved the participation of nearly 900 extras. Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed movie locations
At the other side of the bay, spectacular sets were built in Fort Ricasoli, like this arabic-style courtyard with that air of Granada's Alhambra. Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed film location
Aerial view of the set that was assembled on the grounds of the fortress.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed scene
Screenshot from a scene filmed in the barracks of Fort Ricasoli.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed Drehort
The underground tunnels of Fort Deimara in Marsaxlokk were used for a chase sequence.
Image by Frank Vincentz


Assassin's Creed Lieux de tournage
Film director Justin Kurzel, apparently filming on the roof of the Parish Church of Paola, also in Malta.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Assassin's Creed Seville
We continue with the filming locations for Assassin's Creed in Spain. The Moorish bell tower of the Giralda is the most emblematic building of Seville. The shooting here was limited to aerial views to complement the sequences created by CGI.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed Spain
The gorgeous Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, near Almeria, was used to film some natural scenarios.
Image by Jason Priem




Where was Assassin's Creed shot
More locations around Almeria include El Chorrillo in Pechina and the desert of Tabernas, where many other films and productions have been recorded, like Game of Thrones. Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Assassin's Creed England
Now we jump to England, inside Ely Cathedral, for a scene with Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard.
Image by Gary Ullah


Assassin's Creed filmlocaties
The Abstergo’s complex, hidden inside a church in Spain, was build in the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios. This massive set was made connecting all the rooms in a way that it was possible to shoot long sequences, without cutting the action.
Image by courtesy of 20th Century Fox

For further information, go behind the scenes with Assassin's Creed: Into the Animus, a deluxe volume that tells the full story behind the filmmaking, from the in-depth research to the intense shooting process.

For fans it is very recommendable to get a copy of The Essential Guide, packed with all the info and lots of beautiful images and art about the blockbuster video game franchise.

Also there is available the Official Movie Novelization and this cool hidden gauntlet blade replica, a useful gadget to help you carve the Christmas turkey with style:

  

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