Warcraft Movie: New Director and Pointless Speculation

New director signed for Warcraft motion picture:

After months of silence, there’s finally been some news on the Warcraft film that’s been in development hell for the better part of a decade now. They have signed Duncan Jones to direct, replacing Sam Raimi after his departure from the project.

A photo of director Duncan JonesDuncan Jones is the son of rock icon David Bowie and the director of the critically acclaimed sci-fi movies Source Code and Moon.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this choice. Source Code had its flaws, but overall, it was quite a good movie. I haven’t seen Moon, but I’ve heard it was brilliant.

Based on his comments thus far, Jones seems to be on the warpath to make this the movie that legitimizes video game films, so hopefully that passion will pay off on-screen.

What I find really interesting about this choice is that Duncan Jones is a director primarily known for cerebral, thought-provoking science fiction. On paper, he’s not the sort you’d expect to be helming a Warcraft movie. Makes me wonder what kind of story they’re planning to tell…

Of course, this news has opened the floodgates of rumor and explanation.

The movie itself:

Official logo for World of WarcraftWe know very little about this movie other than the fact it’s a Warcraft movie. We know it will be live action, which is not a notion that has been well-received by fans.

I personally think an animated movie would make much more sense — be it CGI or a traditional cartoon. But I think technology has progressed to the point where live action could be made to work, even if it’s not my first choice.

Metzen has also gone on record as saying it will be a fairly violent and intense movie and is not necessarily intended to be family-friendly.

According to its WoWPedia page, the plot will be set between Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, will focus on the Alliance, and will star a “kick-ass” human who isn’t Arthas or Varian. Canon may be bent to accommodate the new plot.

Interestingly, concept art of Teldrassil for the movie has been leaked, so the Night Elves might have a prominent role.

I suspect it may be not so much a direct adaption of the game and more a separate and distinct storyline based on the same universe — similar to comic book movies. While I’d obviously prefer a direct adaption, I’d be okay with this as long as it stays true to the general feel of the Warcraft universe.

Casting:

And there’s the issue of casting, where rumors have already begun to fly. While I wouldn’t put much stock in the idea, Johnny Depp has been mentioned as a possible star.

I think this is just a wild rumor, and I suspect nothing will come of it. But with that being said, Johnny Depp would be perfect as Medivh. He’s got exactly the right mix of intensity, gravitas, and quirkiness to pull off the Last Guardian.

Also, he can rock an epic goatee, which is a requirement for the role of Medivh.

It occurs to me that we don’t really know what happened to Medivh after Warcraft III…

The other possibilities I’ve heard are just pure fan speculation, but they’re interesting to think about. Among the better ideas I’ve heard are Michael Fassbender as Arthas Menethil, Anna Paquin as Jaina Proudmoore, and Hugo Weaving as Illidan Stormrage.

And then there also some… not so good suggestions. Among the more egregious offenders are WWE wrestler HHH as Arthas Menethil, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Thrall, and Angelina Jolie as Alexstrasza.

Yeah, no.

Then there’s talk of the actors who are known to be Warcraft fans. Might they seek out a role within the film? For example, Vin Diesel is known to be a big World of Warcraft player. I’m no fan of his, but I could see him in a minor role — he’d make a decent Nazgrim, Nazgrel, or Garrosh Hellscream.

Mila Kunis is also known to be a pretty big WoW fan. I could see her as some spunky young Blood Elf girl, perhaps.

Honestly, I’m sure none of this speculation will come to anything. If it does, it’s only because so many possibilities have been speculated about that statistically some are bound to hit the mark.

But it’s fun to imagine what could be.

What do you think the Warcraft movie will be like? Who do you see in its cast?

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3 thoughts on “Warcraft Movie: New Director and Pointless Speculation

  1. I have mixed feelings about a WOW movie, but from all I’ve read over the years, they intend production values to be high. As in, Lord of the Rings high. Here’s hoping. The live action thing may very well pay off in this if the story and budget are good enough, though you’d have to have some pretty stellar casting to make this movie work. As in, good casting choices, not throwing big names (like Jolie, lol) around to get public interest. Which they are probably well aware of, but some directors have wierd fascinations with actors that just don’t work in certain roles. (Think Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, for example. Not a great choice at all, imo).

    At any rate, I will agree, as long as they make a kickass story, I’m cool. Would love to see Johnny Depp as Medivh. Think Jason Momoa (Conan, Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones) would make a way better Illidan than Hugo Weaving, much as I love Hugo, Jason has the face and body, not to mention the general badassery that Illidan projects–but this is all pointless speculation, of course. :p

    • Blizzard doesn’t put their name to crap, despite what some people may claim. I can’t see them not doing their absolute best to make this a good story and a good movie. My main concern is the sheer inability of the film genre to capture the vastness of the Warcraft universe. We fans will have to carefully manage our expectations.

      Zoom in on Illidan’s model in Well of Eternity, and listen closely to his lines there. I’m not the first to draw the Hugo Weaving comparison. A lot of people were making Agent Smith jokes when the dungeon was first released. πŸ˜›

      • I’ll have to check that one out–been rather lax in keeping up to date with dungeons. I have to admit, a Hugo voice on Illidan would pretty awesome πŸ™‚

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