World of Warcraft Movie – Casting Discussion and Speculation

World of Warcraft
So a few days ago we saw the first big announcement of cast for the World of Warcraft movie, helmed by director Duncan Jones. Cast members announced were Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), and Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), joining Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), with Dominic Cooper (Captain America) still in talks.

I should profess right off of the bat that I’m not a gamer (one Warcrack addict in the family is enough). However, as a fan of the fantasy genre in general, I am really looking forward to this film. I know it languished in development hell for years, but everything I have heard so far about the current production gives me hope.  Plus, it is set to film in Vancouver, so having a big budget genre movie lens here at home is always a boon to the Vancouver film industry in general.

I knew the casting announcement would be coming soon, given that production starts up in January, but I was expecting the announcement a *little* sooner. Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t make more of a splash about the movie at Blizzcon (although Fimmel and Patton have been announced for a while). The last gossip surrounding the movie was that Colin Farrell was in talks to star. I’m not sure what happened there – if he decided it wasn’t for him or if they decided that he wasn’t the right fit – but that is apparently no longer happening. Which I think is a good choice. While Farrell is a great actor, he just didn’t seem… “right” to settle into this world. Visually, I expect this movie to be stunning, and I sincerely hope they rely heavily on practical effects and makeup rather than going too far into the CGI realm (which, I suppose, would defeat the purpose of a live-action movie anyway, since this property is based in a CGI world already).

The movie apparently follows the first meeting of the humans and orcs, led by Lothar and Durotan, so I am not sure how many other races will be present in the films. A quick rundown of the casting choices and some theories:

Ben Foster: Jones has commented that he had a hard time finding an actor with the right “look” for Durotan – could this be Foster? Foster might not have the size, but I can see a similarity in the furrowed brow and squint. Of course, I’m probably completely wrong, and he’s going to be a human. But Foster isn’t really a name I expected to hear in connection with this film – I know him the most from 3:10 to Yuma, which he was excellent in. His most recent films however have all tended to be traditional dramas, though he has explored the fantasy world before as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand. So this movie seems to be outside his usual wheelhouse.

Race: I’m calling Orc.

Toby Kebbell: Admittedly, he’s a bit of a new one for me; I don’t think I have seen a single film that he’s been in.

Race: I’m going to call Human for him (Medivh perhaps). If we’re going other races though, I call Elf (either Night or High).

Rob Kazinsky: Sigh. I LOVE this casting. Yes, I am an unapologetic fangirl – I have been ever since Rob revealed himself to be one of us (i.e. a giant nerd) at NerdHQ 2013. Given that he’s a major WoW player, this must be a dream role for him, and it is nice to have someone with some serious nerd / gaming cred in the cast. Plus, this would be an excellent chance to show off some of those sword skills. Just please, PLEASE let him live at the end of a film for once! I want sequels!

Race: While I would love to call Human for Rob, I’m going to go with Orc (though if other races, I call Blood Elf). Although Tauren would be kinda awesome.

Travis Fimmel: I thought this was an excellent choice. While I have not caught Vikings, I have heard good things, and I’m going to have to call it up on my PVR as soon as I get a chance. He clearly has the “warrior” look and vibe down pat.

Race: I’m calling Human. Is this our Lothar?

Dominic Cooper: Cooper bears a slight resemblance to Farrell – I wonder if he is in talks to take over the role originally planned for him.

Race: I’m calling Human (I could also see him for Medivh).

Paula Patton: The one female cast member announced. This surprises me, as Warcraft is actually a world that features some interesting female characters, and I believe Jones said somewhere along the way that the movie would feature some strong females. So where are they? Are there more casting announcements to come? Given that a lot of the female characters are, shall we say, “scantily clad” in the game, I really hope that they just don’t play the females in the movie for their sex appeal alone. This is a good opportunity to put some truly kick ass female warriors on screen (i.e. women who actually look like they could break you in half) and I really hope that they do so.

Race:  She’s definitely an attractive woman, so being the only female, I’m doubting they are going to cover her up in heavy prosthetics. But given that she’s the only female announced so far, and given what we know of the general storyline – Garona?


Reporter: Aurra

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