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Skye's challenging weather conditions - rather than its beauty - played a part in the making of what looks set to be the first movie blockbuster of 2017.

The island is better known as a wondeful backdrop for film makers but as far as the director of new action movie "Assassin's Creed" is concerned it was the rain, snow, sleat and even the odd peat bog or two that forged strong ties between him and two leading actors, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

For the threesome came together in 2014 when they filmed on Skye for an adaption of Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

Fassbender, who starred in the lead role, later described Skye as "cold, wet and beautiful" and said the production encountered "rain, sleet and snow - all the wetness of the elements".

Cotillard, who plays Lady Macbeth, even fell down a hole in a bog during filming.

Fassbender said: "One minute she was there, the next she was gone."

However it was those experiences and the satisfaction of successful making Macbeth on skye which forged strong bonds between Cotillard, Fassbender and Kurzel.

"There's a trust that was built from working on Macbeth and Macbeth was a very intense and very unique project," says Cotillard.

"We had the chance to work for more than a month together before we started shooting. We shared this time of exploration of the story, of our characters, and it's really rare to kind of attend the secrets of making a movie of bringing a character to life."

The French actress adds: "It created this very, very strong relationship that we have."

Assassin's Creed arrives in UK cinemas in the New Year and is based on a video game series. It follows Fassbender's Cal Lynch, a convict facing a death sentence but given a second chance by a mysterious organisation, Abstergo Industries.

Assassin's Creed will be released in UK cinemas on 1 January