Good news for World of Warcraft fanboys. Director Duncan Jones himself announced that he is just 50 visual effects shots shy of the 1,000 he needs to focus on completing the film.
In an interview with Wired, the director admitted that embarking on this project was a tough challenge because he had to please the loyal fans of the gaming franchise and inspire non fans to give his movie a shot. As a fan of the game, he knew he had a lot of work to do to make his vision for the franchise a reality.
“It’s been an incredibly ambitious thing. I think we’ve delivered something pretty special. We’ve delivered as far as the film goes, but the challenge is going to be to get people into the seats in the cinemas in the first place. To find a way to convince people who haven’t played Warcraft,” he said.
If the movie wanted to get non-fans on board, the casting choices seem like a great come on as familiar television and film stars have signed on to play the some of the game’s most iconic characters.
According to CinemaBlend, Dominic Cooper, better known to fans as Howard Stark in Marvel’s film and television universes, will play King Llane Wrynn, the leader of Stormwind City.
Meanwhile, Vikings’ King Ragnar himself Travis Fimmel will play Anduin Lothar, a brave warrior who battles for the good of the people of Azeroth.
Versatile actor Ben Foster, for his part, will further diversify his film portfolio with the role of Medivh, the last guardian, a powerful sorcerer who is part of an ancient line that has been fighting off the forces of The Burning Legion.
Paula Patton will also be joining the cast in the motion capture role of Garona, a half Orc warrior who is torn between two sides of battle. Toby Kebbell, whose film credits include Wrath of Titans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the reboot of Ben-hur, which will release in 2016, will play Durotan, the Chieftain and leader of the Frostwolf Clan. Meanwhile, True Blood’s Robert Kazinsky will play Orgrim, an Orc warrior who is destined to wield a great weapon known as the Doomhammer.
Warcraft is expected to release on June 10, 2016 in the US.