Over the years, Hollywood has found great success in adapting some of the most popular video games such as “Resident Evil“, “Tomb Raider”, and “Silent Hill“, just to name a few.
There were many other video games-turned-movies that did poorly at the box office too, but it’s safe to assume that the upcoming “Warcraft” movie won’t be one of them.
After the official movie poster and 3 new movie stills were released online, the anticipation for the movie is getting higher than ever because a 16-second teaser just made its way onto the internet.
Helmed by director Duncan Jones (of “Source Code” fame), “Warcraft” is written by Charles Leavitt based on the novel “Warcraft: The Last Guardian“. The film promises to demonstrate the bitter war between man and orc when a portal opens between their 2 worlds.
Original creator Blizzard Entertainment first announced that they’ve teamed up with Legendary Pictures to develop a live-action movie set in the Warcraft universe back in 2006. Director Sam Raimi was originally attached to helm the project, but he later told Crave Online that he won’t be directing since he was committed to direct “Oz the Great and Powerful”.
Blizzard Entertainment announced its full casting and concept art of the locations during BlizzCon 2013.
“Viking” actor Travis Fimmel will play Anduin Lothar, a character that is described to be a war hero who sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe. “Dracula Untold” actor Dominic Cooper is portraying King Llane Wrynn, the leader of the Alliance city of Stormwind.
Other characters that will be included in The Alliance includes Ben Foster’s Medivh, Ben Schnetzer’s Khadgar, Ruth Negga’s Lady Taria, and Paula Patton’s Garona.
As for The Horde, “Fantastic Four” actor Toby Kebbel will play Durotan, the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, battling to save his people and his family from extinction.
Durotan’s right hand, Orgrim, will be played by “Pacific Rim” actor Rob Kazinsky and the character is described to be a brave warrior destined to wield the Doomhammer, a weapon of orc legend. Clancy Brown will play the orc kind’s most fearsome and titanic warchief, Blackhand aka “The Destroyer”.
Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu is the only Asian cast in the film and he is set to portray Gul’dan, the supreme orc ruler who is fueled by a dark magic that even he cannot control.
The orcs in the film are being brought to life via performance capture across a 87-day shoot and a long post-production process.
The film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner are producing it while Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams are serving as executive producers.
Watch the first trailer tease here:
In conjunction with Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon!, the global trailer for “Warcraft” will debut this Friday (6th October 2015) via the movie’s official website.
UPDATE (7th November, 5:30pm):
Legendary has finally dropped the official trailer for the film adaptation of the “Warcraft” video game series today.
There’s no denying that the film will be filled with CGI shots, but there are tonnes of elements for fans of “Warcraft” to be excited about. The action sequences look fantastic as well.
Take a look at it below:
“Warcraft” will be released in all of its CGI-dominated glory on 3rd June 2016.
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