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Warcraft Movie: Plot Teased and Characters Revealed
In South Los Angeles last weekend the Blizzard Entertainment annual event, Blizzcon, was something of a surprise. The surprise wasn’t that the upcoming Warcraft film was going to release fresh details, but it was a surprise to hear the full cast of characters announced, along with new plot details, and how the director (Duncan Jones) is going to deal with all these different characters who are part of a huge universe that surely can’t be all covered in one film.
“It’s got so many stories. It’s been going for 10 years, and Warcraft itself has been going for 20 years. Our challenge was to actually drill down and find a story that would work as a single film. There’s so many great characters and so many story arcs.
It will certainly benefit the whole film’s outcome, because Duncan Jones is a massive fan of the gamester series, meaning that he will care for every aspect of the film, including each individual character. He said during the Buzzcon event that he wants to make sure that you have a choice to make when at the start of the film, whether you want to root for the Orcs, or the Alliance. That in essence is like the start of a videogame, “I thought that it was really important that we made a film which allowed you to be on either side of the conflict, and followed the heroes from both sides. Telling a story where you really allow the audience to empathize and feel for both sides is unusual in war movies alone, let alone fantasy films, where normally the monsters are portrayed as villain. In our case, the Orcs were a group that we really wanted to allow the audience to care about.”
So, we know who the two sides will be, but who exactly are they?
The Orcs are the green-skinned and most prolific race on the planet Azeroth, but they did not start in this planet – they were brought to Azeroth through the dimensional gateway called the Dark Portal and soon waged war on the human race, while under the influence of the demonic race, called The Burning Legion. While the Alliance, are one of two major factions of the mortal races in Azeroth, and are made up of Humans, dwarves, gnomes, draenei, worgen, and nightelves. These two sides will come into conflict with each other, as it is believed, even though the filmmakers did not delve into specific plot details at the event in L.A, it is believed, thanks to some rumours, that the film will take place over two of the games’ time spans, Orcs & Humans, and Tides of Darkness. Those two games were before the release of World of Warcraft, meaning that this film, being named just Warcraft, would make sense to have its plot entwined with those earlier instalments of the franchise.
So, yes, plot details are scarce, but character details are not. Check out the full list of characters and who will be playing them, below:
Anduin Lothar played by Travis Fimmel (Vikings):
The lead protagonist for the Alliance, Lothar is a war hero who has sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe.
King Llane Wrynn played by Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed):
King Llane is the leader of the Alliance city of Stormwind and a beacon of hope to its people in a time of darkness.
Medivh played by Ben Foster (Lone Survivor):
Known as ‘the Guardian,’ Medivh is a mysterious and reclusive protector who wields formidable power.
Khadgar played by Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief):
Khadgar is a gifted young mage, embarking on a daring search for the truth.
Lady Taria played by Ruth Negga (The Samaritan):
Taria is the royal Queen of Stormwind, King Llane’s great love and most trusted counsel.
Garona played by Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol):
Caught between the Alliance and the Horde, Garona is a strong-willed survivor who must decide where her true loyalty lies.
Durotan played by Toby Kebbel (The Escape Artist):
The lead protagonist for the Horde, Durotan is the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, battling to save his people and his family from extinction.
Orgrim played by Rob Kazinsky (True Blood):
Orgrim is Durotan’s right hand and a brave warrior destined to wield the Doomhammer: a weapon of orc legend.
Blackhand played by Clancy Brown (Highlander):
Known as ‘The Destroyer’, Blackhand is one of orc-kind’s most fearsome and titanic warchiefs.
Gul’Dan played by Daniel Wu (Europa Report):
Gul’dan is a supreme orc ruler, fuelled by a dark magic that even he cannot control.
It seems that Duncan Jones has chosen actors who are suited to this type of film, as most of them have appeared in gritty action films that depict a fantastical world, instead of big names, to try and make the film more ‘marketable’ but here the cast is both fresh and very talented; however, Duncan Jones went on to reveal that the cast was not the only fresh ingredient in the film, as there are set to be “lots and lots of special effects” says Jones, as he goes on to claim that Warcraft will be like “Avatar and Lord of the Rings at the same time.”
See the popular real time strategy games adaption when it hits theatres on the 11th of March 2016, because even if you have not played the game series, Warcraft is worth keeping an eye on for special effects spectacle alone.
Let me know below if you think the casting is right on point, or if it misses the target completely.