Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie finished filming last week, and now begins the long post-production process, but the film is still hidden behind a huge blanket of mystery. Very little details have been revealed apart from the cast and the release date, and what we have discovered so far was thanks to a press conference early last year.
Thankfully star of the film Ben Foster revealed some details on both his character, and the film, in an interview with IGN.
Speaking about his character, Foster explained:
“The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.”
He then went on to explain that Jones’ take on the popular video game will look at both sides of the conflict, so Warcraft will see things from both good and bad, something Jones made clear at last years press conference:
“What’s exciting about Duncan Jones’ take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me. It’s not just a video game turned into a movie. It’s asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?”
Finally, Foster described the films use of motion-capture, and promised Warcraft will be a 3D event like no other:
“The way that they’re pushing motion-capture – I just saw some of the test footage – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It’s going to be one helluva 3D event”
The cast includes Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Clancy Brown, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu.
Warcraft is expected in cinemas on 11th March 2016.
During a press conference at Blizzcon 2013, director Jones and Oscar winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) revealed some plot details for the film.
The director commented on his reaction to reading the script for the first time, saying it wouldn’t work because it focused too heavily on the human Alliance. Now, however, “It’s about both sides. It’s going to be red and blue.” The Warcraft adaptation is set to be based on the first contact between humans and Orcs, and will focus on the characters Anduin Lothar and Durotan. Jones made a point of saying that the film would not be siding with humans or Orcs, “It’s about both sides, you can be a hero whatever side you are on,” he said.
“It’s been hard to find an actor who looks like Durotan,” said Jones. “Every time I meet an actor I just try to squish his face.”
Jones confirmed at BlizzCon 2013 that the movie will feature a mixture of live-action footage and CGI, with the orcs created using a mix of motion capture and animation.
Blizzard CEO spoke with Digital Spy, explaining that the movie would be much more than just a simple game adaptation:
“There’s a high level of collaboration, and the good news is that nobody is interested in making a video game movie,” he said.
“Everyone wants to make a truly groundbreaking, badass movie, that has simply gotten its source material from a video game, just like other great sci-fi, fantasy or superhero movies have been inspired by books or comic books.”
He added: “Everything that we’ve experienced and seen so far has been really impressive. We’ve been involved in a lot of the storyboarding and concept art, and what other aspects of the movie are going to look like.”