Along with the very first trailer, Universal Pictures has released a slew of new images from the highly anticipated Warcraft. Co-written and directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), the film is an adaptation of the massively popular video game World of Warcraft. The story gives equal weight to both sides of an epic conflict. Orc warriors fleeing their dying home find themselves in Azeroth, a kingdom that’s home to the humans. As the orcs set about colonizing the realm, the humans fight back, and good and evil on both sides wrestle through a conflict that has vital repercussions for everyone involved.
As you can see in these new images, this is a fully realized world that is unabashedly high fantasy. Via cutting-edge performance-capture technology, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky portray the central orc characters, chieftan Durotan and noble warrior Orgrim Doomhammer, respectively. On the side of the Alliance, we have Travis Fimmel as military commander Anduin Lothar and Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn. And caught in the middle of the conflict is Paula Patton’s Garona, a half-orc half-human character.
It’s impressive to see not only how ambitiously realized this film is, but also how much it’s leaning into its very fantastical foundation. This isn’t a movie that’s trying to bring Warcraft to the masses by dressing itself up as something it’s not—this is serious fantasy, and in a world where Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on all of television, it’s something that I think audiences are hungry for.
Peruse the new images below, along with a few behind-the-scenes shots that were provided to accompany my set visit pieces, which you can peruse at the links below. Warcraft opens in 3D on June 10, 2016.
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- ‘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
- ‘Warcraft’: Rob Kazinsky Nerds Out on Playing an Orc, the Doomhammer, and Sequels