The Warcraft Movie is coming along nicely, thank you very much. As we just previously leaked, the movie is wrapping up production and almost ready for post. After quite the troublesome production, which has seen delays, change in directors, and so on, Warcraft Movie is slowly beginning to take shape. Thus, in November 2014 director Duncan Jones revealed the first teaser-poster for the movie at Blizzard’s annual convention BlizzCon, together with the official descriptions of the main characters in the movie.
Just as a quick recap, here they are:
Anduin Lothar (portrayed by Travis Fimmel) is the main character sided with the Alliance, a hero that gave it all for the people of the mythical kingdom of Azeroth, under the rightful ruler King Llane Wrynn (portrayed by Dominic Cooper). The King’s wife is Lady Taria (portrayed by Ruth Negga). Medivh (portrayed by Ben Foster) is known as the Guardian and is one of the most powerful mages to be featured in Warcraft. Khadgar (portrayed by Ben Schnetzer) is also a mage, although he is at the beginning of his career.
The lead character of the Horde faction is Durotan (portrayed by Toby Kebbell), the leader of the Frostwolf clan. His right hand and a most fearful warrior is Orgrim (portrayed by Rob Kazinsky), who is also said to be the future wielder of Doomhammer, a legendary orc weapon.
The cast is completed by Clancy Brown, who portrays Blackhand (aka the Destroyer), one of the most ruthless orc chiefs, and Daniel Wu as Gul’dan, the orc leader of the Shadow Council who cannot control the dark magic he himself wields. Paula Patton’s character is Garona, an orc caught between her loyalty towards the Alliance and her orcish roots.
The characters for Warcraft were revealed last November, together with the first teaser posters, representing the weapons and banners of the both factions (the Alliance and the Horde).
And now on to the news – this May, on the 18th, director Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures have revealed the first official still with a character from Warcraft. So it is understandable why they chose to show us Orgrim.
Obviously, the character is created with CGI by the famous Industrial Light and Magic (whose visual effects can be seen in pretty much all the tent-pole films starting from Star Wars Episode IV until now). Of course, some fans of the game series have already made their voices heard when saying that maybe they have should’ve chosen a different path, the one of the traditional prosthetic effects. However, director Duncan Jones has expressed his enthusiasm towards both the actor’s portrayal (Rob Kazinsky being able to convey both the humor and the toughness of the legendary orc), as well as towards the CGI (by saying that the technology has evolved so much that the characters will feel as real as if they were actually flesh and blood).
Quickly after the release of the first still, Legendary Pictures has also revealed the first official synopsis for Warcraft – don’t expect too many details story-wise from it. Here it is:
“Legendary’s WARCRAFT is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. WARCRAFT will be released by Universal Pictures.
Fighting for The Alliance, Warcraft features Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Ben Foster as Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria, and on the side of The Horde is also Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Toby Kebbel as Durotan, and Daniel Wu as Gul’Dan, with Paula Patton’s Garona caught in the middle”
So, for the moment, the confirmed main cast is:
For the Alliance: Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Ben Foster as Magus Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, Ruth Negga as Lady Taria
For the Horde: Toby Kebbell as Durotan, Rob Kazinsky as Orgrim Doomhammer, Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Daniel Wu as Gul’dan. Paula Patton’s as Garona Halforcen seems, at this moment, to be the liaison between the two factions.
Release Date Announced
After the most recent delay, the scheduled release date for Warcraft is the 10th of June 2016.