There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, which has the potential to be one of the best video game adaptations audiences have ever seen. Featuring an all-star cast including Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbel, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, and more, and with Jones proving himself as one of the best young filmmakers working in the industry after projects like Moon and Source Code too – it’s easy to see why there has been so much excitement attached to the film.
Well, after several release date delays and long stretches without news, it looks like Legendary is finally ready to start releasing some new footage and images to the public for what might go down as one of their biggest films they’ve ever made. Keep in mind too, that we’re talking about the same studio that has previously released movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla.
In anticipation of the first trailer’s release this Friday, a new official poster for the film has been released online and it continues to tease the main conflict of the film between the Alliance and the Horde. Check it out below (via Twitter):
Fighting for their place in the magical world of Azeroth, the poster features the leaders of each opposing side in the film, with the humans being led by Fimmel’s Anduin Lothar, who is described as a “war hero who has sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe,” and the leader of the Orcs with Kebbel’s Durotan, who is, “the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, battling to save his people and his family from extinction.”
Unlike several other blockbusters in the industry right now, Jones has been working to make Warcraft a unique adaptation of its source material, where the audience can root for either of the sides in the film, much like how players can in the actual World of Warcraft game. Whether or not he’ll be able to maintain the neutral nature of the story as a filmmaker will be interesting to see though, but with both sides having their own legitimate reasons for fighting, audiences will hopefully be engrossed in the movie’s story, just as much as its spectacle.
I managed to see some exclusive footage from Warcraft at the Legendary panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and was unfortunately let down by some of the footage honestly, and I hope that Jones and the studio are able to improve some of the film’s visual effects more in the months leading up to its release. The story seems intriguing enough, and all of the actors look like they’re delivering to their highest capabilities, but after so much noise had been made about the look of the environments and characters in the film – I didn’t really leave the panel feeling blown away by anything I had seen.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the footage has been improved and altered in the past few months though, and make sure to check back this Friday when the trailer is finally released online.
Warcraft is set to hit theatres on June 10th, 2016.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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