Earlier this month at Comic-Con, we got a chance to see some epically badass test footage for Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of Warcraft. You can read our description of that footage here, but I hope that it is released online soon because I'd love to see it again!
Now we have some possible new details on the upcoming film thanks to Bleeding Cool. They say that the "film’s story is not an adaptation of World of Warcraft, and instead takes place around the events of the first couple of Warcraft games, ‘real time strategy’ classics of the mid-90s." They also go on to talk about some of the characters that will be featured in the game.
Here's their assessment, which has not been confirmed. So as of right now, treat this as a rumor, but a really cool rumor.
The lead character seems set to be Khadgar, a young consul to the Kirin Tor senate, rulers of the city of Dalaran. Early in the story, Khadgar is charged with investigating a series of crimes that have rocked the city, but as we go on, we’ll find that his mission leads him into a quest beyond the city walls.
Then there’s his mentor, Medivh, a mage and the sworn protector of mankind against demonkind. Johnny Depp was rumoured for a role almost as soon as the film was announced, and while I can’t find any substance to those rumours, at least not right now, I’m sure this would be the part he was up for. Not quite Gandalf meets Captain Jack Sparrow, he’s actually a more morally complex character than will be at first revealed. Expect him to be a scene stealer, too.
And set on a collision course with Medivh is Lothar, The Lion of Azeroth, leader of the King’s Army. He’s brave but maybe a touch too bold. In a straight down the middle version of the film, this might be the role The “Dwayne Johnson” Rock would go up for, though I’m imagining somebody like Mark Strong could carry just the right amount of pride and gravity.
And then there are the King and his Lady too, playing key supporting roles. Expect to see some well-loved actors in these parts.
I’ve got less of an idea of the specific Orc characters involved, but there’s definitely plenty of them, and I know that their story will be intimately entwined with that of Medivh. We can also expect to see dwarves, trolls, elves, revenants and wraiths.
The impression I’ve picked up, from a few sources and the information I’ve been passed, is that this project makes no concessions to tidy mainstreaming, or chewing the gristle out of its meaty, raw fantasy ideas. The names are big and a spellcheck unfriendly, there will be mythical creatures all over the place, the magic will flow and so will the talk of prophecies and ancient artefacts.
As expected, it sounds like it's going to be the epic fantasy adventure film we were all hoping for! What do you think about the details revealed here?