Universal has unveiled a series of character posters for the fantasy epic Warcraft, based on the video game of the same name, and this thing continues to look nerdy as all get-out. That’s not a bad thing—far from it. Co-writer/ director Duncan Jones looks to have realized the World of Warcraft universe with the imagination and verve of a historical epic, albeit one involving orcs and magicfolk. Audiences turned out in droves for a similar fantasy franchise called Lord of the Rings over a decade ago, so Universal no doubt hopes to have similar success with Warcraft.
They certainly got the right person for the job, as Jones has been vocal about his passion for the game and also happens to be a pretty terrific filmmaker as well. His unique approach to Warcraft involves telling the story from both sides equally, the orcs and the humans, with heroes and villains on each side. The two come into conflict when the orcs, searching for a new home world, land on the human-settled Azeroth, kicking off a massive war between the two races.
The footage we’ve seen thus far has been promising, and these character posters really let us appreciate the colorful designs of the film and the stunning visual effects work that brings the orcs to life via motion-capture. The marketing has also done a fine job of not alienating those unfamiliar with the video game, but the response thus far from the gaming community appears to be positive.
Check out the character posters below, via Tumblr. The film stars Dominic Cooper, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Bne Schnetzer, Ruth Negga, Toby Kebbel, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, and Paula Patton. Warcraft opens in theaters on June 10th.
Peruse the links below for my set visit coverage:
- ‘Warcraft’: 35 Things to Know About Universal’s Massively Ambitious Epic Fantasy
- ‘Warcraft’ Director Duncan Jones on Giant Weapons, Easter Eggs, and Hitting PG-13
- How ‘Warcraft’ Aims to Break the Video Game Movie Curse
- ‘Warcraft’: Rob Kazinsky Nerds Out on Playing an Orc, the Doomhammer, and Sequels
Here’s the official synopsis for Warcraft:
“Legendary’s WARCRAFT is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. WARCRAFT will be released by Universal Pictures.
Fighting for The Alliance, Warcraft features Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Ben Foster as Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria, and on the side of The Horde is also Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Toby Kebbel as Durotan, and Daniel Wu as Gul’Dan, with Paula Patton’s Garona caught in the middle.”