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As you can imagine, a movie with orcs, mages, elves and all other manner of fantastical creatures running around requires masters of the visual effects craft. That's where Warcraft takes a nod from Hulk in the Avengers movies, with the help of ILM.
It's still going to be a while until we actually get to see Duncan Jones' upcoming Warcraft movie, with a release date that's still more than a year away, but today we have a special treat. Our first look at one of the main orc characters in the film has arrived online, and he looks incredible.
While Warner Bros. and Disneyís Marvel Studios continue expanding their shared cinematic worlds, Universal is pushing back theirs. Following the release date announcements for Fast and Furious 8 and the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, the studio has rescheduled the start of its monster movie-verse by nine months.
This interesting development comes courtesy of Duncan Jones' personal Twitter feed, where the responded to a fan question about the possibility of seeing both Alliance and Horde themed trailers when the marketing for Warcraft starts getting into full swing.
The annual Blizzcon was held down in Anaheim, California these past few days, and during a presentation about the upcoming Warcraft movie, it was revealed who the fantastic actors in the movieís cast will be playing. Weíve broken it all down for you below, so read on!
The World of Warcraft movie Warcraft won't be hitting theaters until 2016, but with Comic Con upon us Legendary Pictures has unveiled the title logo for the fantasy adventure that could draw countless gamers to theaters:
One of 2016's most anticipated films is Warcraft, though there's still so little we know about it. The complex gaming saga is being distilled into a big screen fantasy world by director Duncan Jones, but Legendary Pictures has been reluctant to deal out any Warcraft secrets. Cast member Ben Foster, however, has opened up a bit and revealed some details previously unknown.
The two actors join the previously announced Ben Foster (Kill Your Darlings), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Robert Kazinsky (True Blood), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Paula Patton (2 Guns). While there is unquestionably a high level of talent present within this group, itís not exactly your typical tentpole cast.
The group of actors join a cast that already includes Paula Patton, who got some action cred starring in Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Travis Fimmel, who has become a rising star in Hollywood thanks to his role on series Vikings. Colin Farrell has also been in talks to possibly star in the movie, but the trade curiously doesn't mention his name.
In the ever-growing trend of setting distant theatrical release dates only to change them several times along the way, Universal has updated its upcoming schedule, and its biggest move best reflects how the studio feels about Star Wars: Episode VII nabbing the December 18, 2015. Duncan Jonesí upcoming big budget video game adaptation Warcraft has been pushed from that pre-Christmas date back to March 11, 2016.
Following such imaginative and well-crated sci-fi films such as 2009ís Moon and 2011ís Source Code, director Duncan Jones certainly seemed destined for a big budget hullaballoo, and so itís no surprise that Legendary and Universalís upcoming video game adaptation Warcraft is taking precedence, and Jones is forced to end his =attachment to the biopic Fleming.
While ducking questions on casting, Jones shared some concept art, and explained the film will be made in the style of Avatar, with human actors interacting with motion-capture created creatures, but with an influence from Game of Thrones as well.
While no deal is in place just yet, sources have told the trade that Fimmel is definitely the man that Jones and Legendary Pictures want for the part. Should the star sign on the dotted line he will reportedly play one of four lead roles. Unfortunately, because details about the film are being kept under wraps, exactly what those four roles are remains a mystery.
Video game movies don't exactly have the greatest legacy out there, but if any one can help turn that ship around I bet it could be Jones. With both Moon and Source Code the young filmmaker has proven himself to be a real talent, and he is currently Warcraft's best asset.
Playing the lead role in a video game adaptation can be a seriously mixed bag-- just ask Timothy Olyphant, Mark Wahlberg, Til Schweiger and other stars of failed efforts-- but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of actors willing to take the gamble. According to Deadline director Duncan Jones has started eyeing a cast for his adaptation of Warcraft, and he's set his sights on Paula Patton and Colin Farrell.
Director Duncan Jones gave thousands of people a taste of what he has planned for his upcoming Warcraft movie when he played a test footage trailer that aired a couple weeks ago at San Diego Comic-Con, but now it seems as though more details about the long-in-development project have leaked out.
The World of Warcraft movie, which was unofficially announced back in January and caused at least a few gamers some big concern, has now totally, officially been confirmed
Personally, I was surprised by this pick since Jones is better known for sci-fi than fantasy. Would this filmmaker who stood out with a mind-bending low-budget space drama be a good choice for a presumably special effects heavy fantasy epic? Sure, with 2011's Source Code Jones showed he could handle action sequences, but is he ready to deliver on the high expectations WoW lovers are sure to bring to this movie?
Jones has become a favorite among sci-fi fans in recent years, thanks to the inventive takes on the genre in Moon and Source Code and his lively Twitter feed, where he confirmed the news by saying "So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game
In the long history of movie studios trying to turn video games into feature films, World of Warcraft-- along with Halo maybe-- has been one of the biggest white whales. As far back as 2006 we were reporting on plans for a film adaptation of the hugely popular role-playing game