Few hours ago Legendary Pictures posted an official press release with a details about lead cast of the Warcraft movie. I was little surprised since some of the names that has been word about suddenly vanished and some that had been no words at all signed the deal. Well, I guess thats how Hollywood business works – some get skrewed some sign deals.
Anyway, the names on the list are Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky and Ben Foster with Dominic Cooper in negotiations. First two names were known from previous negotiation rumors, but others are pretty new. I’ll be honest, I am little dissapointed about this cast, especially since it’s a lead cast. Except Dominic Cooper all other actors are kind of meh for my pick.
As expected, Universal & Legendary pushed the release date of the Warcraft movie after new Star Wars decided to share the previous release date of December 18, 2015. You can’t compete with Star Wars and it was already late in the year date so the best way is to move it forward few months and that is exactly what happened.
New release date is March 11, 2016.
Haters will probably say that movie is now doomed since no good movies come in pre blockbuster season, but lets look at the positive aspects of the March release date. Since they are planning to make a franchise out of Warcraft, the first movie simple can’t flop on the box office. First 3 months of the year are usually for “not high hopes” movies and indie stuff so competition will for sure be much easier then if they went during the summer or against Star Wars or similar well established franchises. They are not really aiming for Oscars to go with late year release date as a must, so moving forward is best decision they could make.
Colin Farrell had a chat with IGN about his new movie Saving Mr. Banks and they touched the subject of Farrell rumors regarding the Warcraft movie role. He confirmed that he sat with Duncan Jones and read the script which he think it pretty awesome. He also said he is not a game fan and never played it, but the world described in the script seems remarkable and he admires Duncan’s work on the movie Moon and thinks with world like Warcraft he can do magic. He also couldn’t tell what role they have for him and in what stage the movie is right now, but all the rumors kinda point to Medivh and me personally, from that part of lore, I don’t see him in any other role then Medivh. The rumors before said he is 50/50, but after this interview and his remarks that he can’t say some stuff, I would say he is prolly signing…
[About rumors] Warcraft? Don’t know what’s happening, man. I read the script, if that’s any use to you, and it’s amazing.
Finally after so many BlizzCons we get more than few sentences about movie. We got an hour of talking about the movie. Even they say they did something similar 3 years ago, I guess my memory of that event is pritty dim. Anyway, on the panel the talkers were Duncan Jones, Chris Metzen, Bill Westenhoffer and Nick Carpenter. You can watch the full Warcraft movie panel here.
They said right in the start that they really don’t have too much to share since marketing haven’t started yet and hell not even filming that will start in January. So it was more of a chit chat between the guys on panel and their backgrounds and what they want to do with movie. Both Duncan and Bill are long time Warcraft players and are very passionate about the project. Duncan expressed his interest while still Raimi was in the picture. Later he got his chance, he read the current script and decided it too much Alliance and that story need to be told from both sides and from the start – The First War. The movie will be live action plus CGI and to my surprise, Orc will be played by real actors cause they want to make them as believable as possible. Bill said that they have a great team at ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) that is working on the Orcs. They aim for gritty style with Avatar & Game of Throne mix.
Travis Fimmel was mentioned before in the possible cast rumors few weeks ago and it seems he is close to join the Warcraft cast. Variety reports from their source that after a lengthy search, Legendary Pictures has found one of its leading men.
No formal offer has been presented yet but sources (usually means actors agent) say he is their guy for one of the four leads in the movie. Travis Fimmel currently is the star of History Channel’s “Vikings”, which is at this moment in production for season two. What character or plot Fimmel will play are still unknown.
Blizzard has made schedule for the upcoming BlizzCon in November. After so many past Blizzcons where we maybe heard a sentence or two about movie or sometimes not even that, now there is a panel made just for the movie. Seems perfectly logical in terms of Blizzard comprehension of time. The time for panel is set on second day of convention on Saturday, 9th November 1-2 pm time. If anyone from the readers is going, I of course expect some images
Announcement states - “Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along with key Blizzard developers as they discuss the thrilling collaborative process of translating Azeroth’s game world to the big screen.”
December 18, 2015 is the date we wanted to hear for a loooong time
This is actually pretty good release date. Since Hobbit Trilogy is finishing in 2014 and mid December was always set for LOTR and Hobbit, now Warcraft is taking over with similar movie thematic. Plus it’s good to skip 2015 summer since there will be dozen of high profile blockbusters.