World Of Warcraft adaptation finally lines up its principal cast – find out who!
In the past I have spilled a lot of words about the problems that film adaptations of video games have faced, namely that before now they’ve never been taken too seriously. Much like the tide has since changed for comic book movies, strongly made video game movies seem to be likely products in our future, what with Ubisoft making dramatic headway on a number of film adaptations of their own games; attracting top Hollywood talent like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy (for Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell respectively) to ground these franchises in the cinematic medium.
One of the most ambitious video game movies currently in production is that of “Warcraft“, the epic fantasy series that is most widely recognized for its addictive MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) World Of Warcraft, which has been one of the most popular games over the last several years. The upcoming film has changed hands a few times, before finally settling at the feet of David Bowie‘s son (original name Zowie Bowie), Duncan Jones – who has enjoyed a short career making truly unique and thoughtful science fiction cinema (Moon, Source Code). It seems slightly unusual that the passionate young man would get involved with a project as large scale as this – but providing that he can maintain creative control, it’s certainly good news for fans.
The movie, simply titled Warcraft, will focus on the stories from the earlier days of the franchise, long before its populist massively multiplayer routes. According to the creative personnel behind Warcraft, the movie will follow “the story of Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.” This will likely please many fans of the original games, but also expose a lot more people to the franchise’s esteemed roots.
Early on in the process we heard that Colin Farrell would be headlining the film, and that Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Paula Patton would also appear as the female lead. Now, we also have a number of other confirmed actors for the production (left to right) including Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Toby Kebbel (Wrath Of The Titans), and Rob Kazinsky (True Blood). It should be noted that actor Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Devil’s Double) is in final negotiations for an unconfirmed role.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the actors, there’s a wide bredth of talent on display here that can comfortably fit into a number of roles. Ben Foster is an excellent character actor with a dark edge, so he may well be playing a more villainous character, and Paula Patton will make a very strong femme fatale presence. Also, considering the nature of this type of film, it’s very likely that actors will be dabbling in lots of CGI, make-up, prosthetics and even motion capture technology, so we may not be seeing many of the actor’s pretty faces in the raging battle between the race of men and orcs.
Despite the fact that Farrell has been praising the script in interviews, it’s still not entirely known whether he will definitely be playing the male lead in the final film. He hasn’t been mentioned as part of this casting announcement, but he could well be holding out for further negotiations. Supposedly actors Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Anson Mount (Hell On Wheels), and Paul Dano (12 Years A Slave, Prisoners) are also in talks for other roles in the final production.
A while ago some ambitious concept art for the film was revealed to the public, and its clear that the production team behind Warcraft are keen to dispel any negative notions that may be attached to this production on the account of it being a videogame adaptation – instead they look set to craft a one of a kind epic fantasy world adventure movie – the likes of which could challenge The Lord Of The Rings trilogy for its coveted cinematic crown. With this casting announcement, the diverse talent is certainly in place to deliver an intriguing and quality experience, provided that the rest of production runs smoothly.Only time will tell.
Warcraft is scheduled for theatrical release on the 11th March, 2016. Stay tuned to The Monolith for more on Warcraft as it happens!