WARCRAFT Movie Star Ben Foster Reveals His Role

     June 2, 2014


Ben Foster is one of my favorite actors that keeps popping up in the strangest of places, from superhero movies, to re-imagined Westerns, to military thrillers.  While he’s set to lead Stephen Frears’ Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic in the lead role, not much is known about his part in Duncan Jones’ upcoming Warcraft adaptation.  Make that, not much was known, since Foster recently spilled the magic beans about the character he’d be playing in the MMORPG-turned-feature film.  For those of you who’d rather avoid potential spoilers, we’ll keep that news after the jump.

Also starring Paula Patton, Travis FimmelDominic CooperToby Kebbell, Rob KazinskyDaniel Wu, and Clancy BrownWarcraft opens in 2D and 3D on March 11, 2016.

Ben-Foster-warcraft-movieWhen speaking to IGN recently, Foster had the following to say about his role in Warcraft:

“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.”

That’s about as blunt as you can get in Hollywood these days.  I’m not overly familiar with the Warcraft mythology, so hopefully this comes as good news to fans (either way, let us know in the comments).  I can’t quite begin to wrap my head around his mystical origins, but the character appeared in the series Warcraft III and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade installments.  Foster also mentioned that, although his character is not motion-capture, he does interact with a lot of characters and creatures that are.

Medivh aside, Foster had more to say about Jones’ take on the story:

“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?”

Be sure to head over to IGN for more on Foster’s description of the film’s visual achievements.  In short, he said Warcraft will be “one helluva 3D event.”




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  • Grayden

    Well atleast they stuck with one of central tenets of Warcraft: There really is no good or bad with the Alliance and Horde. Both sides comprise of those who have done great things and terrible things. All of whom are trying to exist in a world where the other side sees them as the enemy save for a few individuals. Still cautious about this one though.

    • khelegond

      In the original game (Warcraft 1 and 2) the orcs were evil and the humans mostly good. That’s not a central tenet of Warcraft. On Warcraft3 they started the ‘honorable warrior’ thing with the orcs and the ‘racists jackasses’ with the humans, and did quite a few retcons to the story.

      • Scott Mckoy

        Not true, the lore is set where orcs before the story, were in slavery and just wanted to be free. It is explained in the beginning cinematic of the first Warcraft. Kind of like planet of the apes.

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    I’ve never played a second of any WOW game, but I just want to see a good fantasy movie, which seems to be a rarity.

    • GrimReaper07

      Yeah I don’t mind that he didn’t play the games (then again I didn’t either, so take my comment with a grain of salt). I just want to see a great videogame movie and with Duncan Jones at the helm, Warcraft seems the most promising choice right now. Foster is a great actor too. He’ll probably give his own take on the character which might not be faithful but could still be great. I hope fans of WoW can still be excited for that.

      • Caleb Jones

        And as far as source material goes, Blizzard lore is a great, great start. I love the detail they put into their universes.

    • Wyrus

      As someone who has been playing it for 9years, it is awesome, and I mean story vise. If they keep true, or as close as they can it will be awesome. What makes it great is that will see both sides, the horde and the alliance, you get both perspectives, and they’re both technically the good guys.

  • Christian

    This project seems crazy to me. I know that there is a huge Warcraft community, but I really don’t see the property translating into the mainstream.

    • Nick Lee

      There was a real comic book community and I bet back in the golden era no one thought they would see the property on the big screen

    • Wyrus

      It used to be bigger, but I don’t think that’s why they are doing it. If ONLY the people that play the games (WoW, Dota, Diablo, Star Craft) went and see it, the movie would bomb big time. They are making an action adventure, fantasy movie. It’s not going to be oriented towards the game, it can’t be… its story its what matters, and Warcraft has a rich and loooong history.

  • Eric Johnson

    Sounds like more liberal drivel found its way into the story.

    “where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?”

    • CantTakeTheSky FromMe

      Don’t you have a cross to go burn or something?

    • eternalozzie

      most of the “bad guys”, the horde, aren’t evil at all in World of Warcraft … that is what they are hinting at … if you see politics there it’s because you’re projecting.

      • Nick Lee

        Exactly, the entire premise of the Horde being evil was when they were being controlled by Mannoroth and the demons of the Burning crusade, aside from that, the only reason the Alliance considers them evil (aside from the few mishaps here and there) is because they aren’t human, There are people in the Alliance who want peace and there are people who want purity.

      • Thomas Wolf

        “the only reason the Alliance considers them evil (aside from the few mishaps here and there) is because they aren’t human.”

        Gnomes, Draenai, Dwarves, High Elves, Night Elves aren’t human and the Alliance doesn’t consider them evil. And I think you are downplay the whole attempted genocide thing a little bit by referring to it as a mishap.

  • pro346

    isn’t this based on the warcraft strategy games? and not wow…

    • Nick Lee

      You do realize wow is basically a sequel to the warcraft strategy games… Like, it doesn’t really matter if its based of the former rather then the latter, it’s the same thing. Different story, different characters, same world.

    • Wyrus

      It is, this is the story line from Warcraft 1/2, not sure. But it’s essentially the same thing, its a shared universe, so to speak. It’s the Durotan/Lothar story.

  • Strong Enough

    all i want is paula patton

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  • bendakins

    straight to DVD

  • liberal lion

    Did anyone ever ask this dude how he felt being left out of X-men:DOFP.

  • ResurrectRider

    Ben Foster is by far one of my favorite actors. Even though he has a pretty steady career, i wish he received more work than he does…and work that is deserving of an actor of his caliber.
    I cant say i am too optimistic about this, but i hope the writers do the actors and the story justice. Warcraft really could bring a new and exciting high-fantasy universe to the silver screen.

  • Matty

    Foster was great in Lone Survivor. Really bought him as a stone-cold killer.

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