The past nine months have not given away many details but I thought it was high time for an update. The first six actors were revealed back in December with another two later that month. However, in April we had our first glimpse at a shot from the movie set (as seen in Empire Magazine) giving us a sneak peek at the throne room in Stormwind.
In San Diego, Legendary gave fans an exclusive look at some of the movie props during this year’s Comic-Con along with some concept art and a short teaser. Below you can see:
A savage orc weapon unleashed in the name of the Horde
Dragon Sword: This gleaming blade is wielded in the name of the Alliance
Lion Shield: Symbol of the strength of Azeroth
Unfortunately, if you didn’t attend the con yourself, there’s no chance of seeing the teaser but here’s what I’ve been able to gather from several online sources.
A storm is coming in.
The Alliance armoury is bristling with swords, shields, pikes and lion-crested shields. We see a bearded knight with long brown hair (Travis Fimmel) dressed in black shining armour trimmed with gold.
Human voiceover: “I’ve spent more time protecting my king than my own son,” He draws his sword…
There’s a discarded suit of armour. He takes the shield from a skeleton. He’s gearing up.
Lots of men in armour and some banners. “Does that make me loyal or a fool?”
We cut to ranks of Alliance soldiers including Lothar (Travis Fimmel) seated on a throne (viewers seemed to be really impressed with the set details likening it to Lord of the Rings quality).
Now a strange, alien desert with a growing green sky…
We cut to the Horde orcs: big, brawny, with big-ass axes, roaming the plains of Durotar. They’re mean-looking and savage, less caricatured than the orcs of World of Warcraft but not a million miles from the aesthetic seen in the game’s cinematic intro cutscenes.
Orc voiceover: “I’ve led thousands of warriors into battle, yet I fear being a father. Does that make me a leader or a coward?”
The footage then kicks into montage mode, cutting between men and orcs hoisting weapons. There’s a glimpse of the Dark Portal, hinting at the orcs’ previous home of Draenor.
Orc voiceover: “Our home is destroyed, there is nothing to go back to.” After a long pause, he continues “Is war the only answer?
A slew of quick shots include a nefarious-looking Dominic Cooper, Medivh (played by Ben Foster) powering up a spell, and a green-skinned Paula Patton aggressively licking someone. Lothar in full Alliance armour dives into battle on the back of a gryphon, then a soldier climbs onto an orc’s back before plunging his blade into the orc’s chest. Just as the orc’s blade comes down, it cuts to the opening title – WARCRAFT!
For a film that’s been described as Game of Thrones meets Avatar, it’s not surprising to read that filming only took four months. I hoped the CGI aspect would be as impressive as Avatar and even some of the trailers produced by Blizzard themselves. With reactions like these, it seems entirely possible, especially with another year and a half of post-production work to look forward to.
So with actors portraying the orcs and Industrial Light & Magic (a division of Lucasfilms, Ltd) taking care of the effects, it should be nothing short of spectacular. It turns out that this was the company that gave us Avatar as well as the recent Star Trek and Star Wars movies.
We now know Ben Foster will play Mediev with Travis Fimmel playing Anduin Lothar (as confirmed by those who saw the teaser). I can totally see Paula Patton playing a kick-ass orc after watching her in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It’s believed she will play Garona with Toby Kebbel playing Khadgar as seen on IMDB but this has since been removed.
The following actors have also been linked to the film:
Callum Keith Rennie (known for Momento and Battlestar Galactica) will play Moroes.
Daniel Cudmore (known for the X-Men series and the Twilight Saga) but his role is also unknown.
Lastly, Ryan Robbins (known for Sanctuary, Apollo 18 and Walking Tall) may be playing the role of Karos. I wasn’t sure who Karos was but I’ve read he may refer to Karos Razok the bat master located in The Sepulcher.
So until the movie is officially released on March 11, 2016, I guess we’ll have to make do. Then again, there should be two Blizzcons before that date so here’s hoping for a trailer or something in November.
The question remains, will this be the first successful movie based on a video game? Chris Metzen said he would like this to be the biggest movie out there and to give other franchises a run for their money.
All I can say is, I really hope so.
Edit: Duncan Jones and Chris Metzen will be part of a 1hr presentation at this year’s Blizzcon. It’s been described as “an exclusive presentation packed with surprises”.