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Blizzcon 2014: Warcraft Film Revealed

One of the most anticipated panels of Blizzcon 2014 was the “Warcraft” movie panel, hosted by the Nerdist’s and @midnight’s Chris Hardwick.

Legendarium Media Contributor Lisa Bryan captures the reveal LIVE
Legendarium Media Contributor Lisa Bryan captures the reveal LIVE

Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment teamed up together on the project, set for release in March of 2016. Director Duncan Jones, Blizzard Entertainment Senior VP of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen, and special FX director Charles Leavitt. Both Jones and Leavitt are self-proclaimed huge World of Warcraft nerds and were adamant from the get-go about getting it right. Hardwick joked that you need to get something of this magnitude right, as the Blizzard fanbase is, to put it kindly, “passionate.”

Metzen reassured the crowd that the film is everything they would want and more. “Warcraft” is set to take place during the Warcraft 1 game, where orcs (the Horde) and humans (the Alliance) were at each other’s throats. The creative team wanted to start at the start, which is a promising beginning to what is being built as a potentially huge franchise.

“This movie needs to be 50% Alliance, 50% Horde,” Metzen recalled from his first meeting with Jones and his team. As stated in the opening ceremony, Legendary Pictures has launched two websites as early marketing promotion for the film:

www.FightForTheAlliance.com
www.FightForTheAlliance.com
www.FightForTheHorde.com
www.FightForTheHorde.com

Principal photography has wrapped, but with the 2016 release date there is a long road ahead for editing and special effects. Metzen reminded the crowd that Blizzard fans are used to waiting.

Despite the long wait for the final product, attendees of Blizzcon can actually watch exclusive early cuts of the film elsewhere on the convention floor that showcase the setting and feel of what Warcraft will become.

Cast announced for the film:

Alliance:
Travis Fimmel as Lothar
Ben Foster as Medivh
Dominic Cooper as King Llane
Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar

Horde:
Toby Kebbell as Durotan
Daniel Wu as Gul’dan
Rob Kazinsky as Orgrim
Clancy Brown as Blackhand

And:
Paula Patton as Garona Halforcen

Rob Kazinsky
Actor Rob Kazinsky plays Orgrim

The team showcased two in-character shots: One of King Llane in full plate armor, which was also featured live on stage, and one of the orc Orgrim, revealing for the first time to the general public the level of detail they put into the motion capturing of the orcs. Garona, the unaligned half-orc character, will not be motion capture.

Actor Rob Kazinsky entered the stage wielding Orgrim’s famed Doomhammer. Kazinsky is a huge Warcraft buff, going all the way back to the Burning Crusade expansion. He has since logged over five years’ worth of play time. To play Orgrim has been a dream come true for him.

Blizzcon attendees will have their battle cries featured in the film!
Blizzcon attendees will have their battle cries featured in the film!

At the end of the panel, Jones and gang had a treat for the audience in attendance. They invited the crowd to record three chants (one for the Horde, one for the Alliance, and a united one for Azeroth) which will actually be used in film.

The most reassuring feeling walking away from the panel was the level of passion everyone on stage has for not only the film, but of the source material. Each person on stage was or is an active player of World of Warcraft and deeply care about the lore. They are definitely not taking a project like this lightly.

In 2016, which side will you choose?

Warcraft
Photo by Legendarium Media Contributor Lisa Bryan

(For the Horde!)

About Lisa Bryan

Lisa Bryan has pretended to be a writer her entire life. One day, quite recently, she got tired of pretending and decided to tackle it head on. She is in the midst of writing a fantasy series, which is an ambitious first-timer's project by her own admission. Her childhood hero was Han Solo, she is addicted to Vanilla Coke, and her lifelong love of the San Francisco Giants has finally reaped its rewards. She lives in Southern California with her fiancé and their WiiU and Xbox 360.

One comment

  1. Even this EverQuest fan is excited for this… And that’s saying something!

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