Duncan Jones' Warcraft may be delayed to 2016 thanks to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII taking over the December 2015 spotlight, but that doesn't mean that the movie is doing anything to slow down pre-production. Over the last few months we've heard a few actor names swirling around the video game adaptation and today, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a few more have signed on. The trade's sources tell them that Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Robert Kazinsky have all penned deals to star in Warcraft while Dominic Cooper is currently in final stages of negotiations.
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.
The film was announced back at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer and was introduced with a "tonal trailer" that gave audiences the sense of what the film will be like (you can read more about it HERE). Jones, who scripted both of his previous films - Moon and Source Code - is co-writing the movie with Charles Leavitt, whose previous credits include Blood Diamond, K-PAX, as well as the upcoming Jeff Bridges fantasy Seventh Son.
Most of the actors in the movie doesn't have any video game adaptation experience, but that soon won't be the case for Cooper. Early the next year the star will be featured as the main villain opposite Aaron Paul in Scott Waugh's Need For Speed. You can catch him in the trailer for the movie that launched last month.
The rest of the cast has hardly been taking it easy lately and will have to carve out time in their schedules for Warcraft. Foster, who will soon be seen in Peter Berg's dramatic war film Lone Survivor, is currently hard at work filming Stephen Frear's untitled Lance Armstrong biopic; Kebbell, who was most recently in The Counselor, has Dawn of the Planet of the Apes coming out next year; and Kazinsky currently plays a recurring role on HBO's True Blood.
Jones is an excellent filmmaker who has been talking a big game when it comes to Warcraft, but one has to wonder if the film will actually be able to succeed with the video game adaptation stigma. The director has certainly started assembling a cast that could help him reach that goal.
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