Universal announced just two weeks ago the cast for their Warcraft movie, based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft MMO. Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky were announced to star, with Dominic Cooper in final negotiations.
Now they have added to the cast, with Clancy Brown (Highlander) and Daniel Wu (New Police Story) joining. No word yet on their roles, but Bleeding Cool has the scoop on the story details.
...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.
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...
The film was scripted by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones, who is also directing. He previously dipped his foot into sci-fi with two excellent movies: Moon and Source Code.
Warcraft starts filming in January.
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