These Are the Actors Starring in the Warcraft Movie

These Are the Actors Starring in the Warcraft Movie

rob kazinsky with doomhammer

The Warcraft movie panel didn't offer any footage from the movie, but it did finally reveal key members who will be in the cast, including one in full CG glory.

The Warcraft movie is coming March 11, 2016, and information has been relatively hard to come by, which is not unusual for anything associated with Blizzard. However, at the Warcraft movie panel at BlizzCon 2014, it was finally revealed what actors would be in many of the key roles.

Alliance:

  • Anduin Lothar: Travis Fimmel (Vikings). Blizzard VP Chris Metzen said that this casting surprised him a bit, but Fimmel put a slightly different spin on the character "and killed it" (in a good way).
  • King Llane Wrynn: Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed, Captain America). People may know Cooper as Howard Stark in the Captain America films, but he looks pretty good in Alliance armor as the king.
  • Lady Taria: Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., World War Z). Negga will portray the Queen of Stormwind, and trusted counsel to King Llane. She also voiced Shanalotte in Dark Souls II.
  • Medivh: Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand) Metzen said that Medivh was like "a rockstar of the era. ... Ben brings that gravitas to the character with some magnetism."
  • Khadgar: Ben Schnetzer (Pride). Khadgar and Medivh are incredibly powerful magic users in Warcraft lore. Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer, who actually plays a mage in World of Warcraft said it was his job to teach the actors playing Khadgar and Medivh "how to cast spells."

Horde:

  • Orgrim Doomhammer: Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim). Kazinsky has more than 500 days played in World of Warcraft, having played since the vanilla days. He was really involved in raiding during Wrath of the Lich King. Kazinsky said he really wanted a role in the movie.
  • Blackhand the Destroyer: Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers, Aliens & Cowboys). Brown played the voice of Thrall in the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans game. Metzen said Brown joked that they shouldn't cast him because he is the death of Warcraft products.
  • Garona: Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Patton did all her own acting and stunts in the movie with no motion capture. They just used makeup to make her look like an Orc, or half-Orc as the case may be.
  • Durotan: Toby Kebbell (Planet of the Apes). Kebbell did great with the motion capture, having just come from Planet of the Apes. Director Duncan Jones said he does a good job of portraying the nobel Orc.
  • Gul'dan: Daniel Wu (The Man With the Iron Fists). Jones said Wu is know more for playing heroes, but this gave Wu the chance to play something very different.

The film is going to be told from both the Horde and Alliance sides, with an emphasis on trying to make both sides sympathetic. Jones said that the original script by Sam Raimi did not put the Orcs is a good light, so it was rewritten. Metzen said several passes were made, but it wasn't until they hit upon the idea of Lothar vs. Durotan that the direction of the film finally came together.

Metzen also explained that he got to stand on the main street of the re-creation of Stormwind. "There's the mailbox and there's the bulletin board ... I had tears in my eyes," he said. "On the bulletin board, there's parchments of things like Wanted: Hogger and Fargodeep Mine, and I'm going holy shit. The level of detail and craftsmanship was overwhelming."

Jones put it in a nutshell when describing the scope of the project: "We have so many special effects. It's Avatar and Lord of the Rings at the same time. It's a big, big, big film."

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I really like Duncan Jones' previous work, but the fact that I basically didn't recognise any of these actors doesn't wxactly bode well.

Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Shocksplicer:
I really like Duncan Jones' previous work, but the fact that I basically didn't recognise any of these actors doesn't wxactly bode well.

Eh, it could be good though, even with Unknowns. I mean, the Original Star Wars only had 1 Real Celebrity in it (And that was of course Harrison Ford), everyone else was pretty much an Unknown. I do notice more and more films are going for the "Let's hire a lot of Unknowns and Indies for our Main Cast" though, which could be either a good thing (Giving lots of new Actors chances at making it Big) or a bad thing (Those Actors being terrible).

I don't know any of these people, but I might go watch this if I hear good things about it in 2 years.

Telling the story from both sides? Colour me interested!

Hope we see more than just Humans and Orks though, need to see the Night Elves and Taurine at least!

arc1991:
Telling the story from both sides? Colour me interested!

Hope we see more than just Humans and Orks though, need to see the Night Elves and Taurine at least!

Considering they are going back to the Warcraft I storyline (including all the ret-con material), I highly doubt they'll have time or space to include Night Elves or Taurens. If any elves, then I'd suspect the High Elves. But as they are mostly involved in Warcraft II, I doubt even they will be included except in passing.

I was really skeptical about this project for the longest time, but now it's beginning to look like they actually have a focused script. I won't be disappointed if it sucks, but it'd be nice to have another legitimately good fantasy movie that doesn't have Tolkien's name on it.

I still see this turning out like the final fantasy spirits within movie.

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

HAHAHAHAHA

Oh you know nothing sir. You really do not. /PLAYED in wow, for a lot, is a nightmare. The amount of total hours can be insane. I sincerely doubt he was lying, either, given he was apparently in one of the top 100 guilds in the world and has some of the hardest raiding achievements. 500 is on the higher end, but it's nowhere near the horror some find.

OT:
Saw the Panel. Kazinsky with the Doomhammer was awesome. That hammer was maaaaasssive.

Have Blizz's art department confirmed to be doing the CG work? They have to know the movie will be carried by it, can't risk it to some fly by night "mom & pop" company.

Maybe they could let Paula Patton keep her Orc makeup, it might just keep Robin Thicke at bay.

Travis Fimmel, represent. Although I can't say I found that 'Vikings' show very entertaining.

Okay, there's some respectable acting AND gaming chops involved here. Of course, the cast is just one component involved in the making of a movie, but it's one that's often gotten wrong.

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

I quit in 2011 and had a /played (playtime) of 448 days.

That was from Vanilla to mid-way through Cataclysm. 500 days would be a cake walk.

Mr.Mattress:

Shocksplicer:
I really like Duncan Jones' previous work, but the fact that I basically didn't recognise any of these actors doesn't wxactly bode well.

Eh, it could be good though, even with Unknowns. I mean, the Original Star Wars only had 1 Real Celebrity in it (And that was of course Harrison Ford), everyone else was pretty much an Unknown. I do notice more and more films are going for the "Let's hire a lot of Unknowns and Indies for our Main Cast" though, which could be either a good thing (Giving lots of new Actors chances at making it Big) or a bad thing (Those Actors being terrible).

I don't know any of these people, but I might go watch this if I hear good things about it in 2 years.

Harrison Ford was not a well known actor when Star Wars came out. Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing, on the other hand, were.

This is really interesting for me!
I haven't really played WoW so I don't know how much they look back at Warcraft I and II in the game, but as someone who played the shit out of Warcraft III this'll be really nice! I haven't read too much about the lore before Warcraft III and so this will be really interesting :D

I'm so pleased they're going back to warcraft 1 storylines, it's my favourite rts

CardinalPiggles:

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Well, I am up in 370-something on my newest account, which was made back in wotlk. And I ain't even that hardcore a player relative to some people. So 500 really isn't that much.

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Quit at the end of Wrath, and had two fairly large breaks in my time playing (one 3month, and one 6month) and had over 600 days played... While working full time. Note: I didn't sleep much.

So yeah, 500 days isn't all that much really especially if he's played vanilla through to panderia. I have missed two whole expansions and clocked up more.

Anyways back on topic.

I'm actually fucking pumped for this film, as Jones is one of my favourite writer/directors. Cast is fucking hot too. One sexy sexy crew of peoples there.

Travis Fimmel and Clancy Brown. Fucking Clancy Brown... cannot wait.

Clancy Brown was born to play an Orc Warlord; other than that, wake me when the Night Elves appear.

Nice, Travis Fimmel is in it. Pity he's playing an Alliance character though. At least Clancy Brown is down with the Horde.

Gordon_4:
Clancy Brown was born to play an Orc Warlord; other than that, wake me when the Night Elves appear.

Hope that they make 2 more movies, since Blackhand died in the 1st game and Doomhammer replaced him and died in the second one.

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Well, Skyrim came out in November 2011 and there is a guy who put 12,3k hours in it in three years. Gaming is srs bsns.

I haven't been keeping up on the details of this project. Does anyone know if they still intend this for mature markets? They always did say (from my memories) that the very concept of "Warcraft" isn't kid-friendly and so the movie could get a little graphic. Has that precept changed? Are they going to water it down to make it suitable for all audiences?

They better not, it's the last thing from Blizzard I've ever looked forward to.

Ajarat:
I haven't been keeping up on the details of this project. Does anyone know if they still intend this for mature markets? They always did say (from my memories) that the very concept of "Warcraft" isn't kid-friendly and so the movie could get a little graphic. Has that precept changed? Are they going to water it down to make it suitable for all audiences?

They better not, it's the last thing from Blizzard I've ever looked forward to.

If you are asking if there is going to be violence? yes

Blood? Probably not, maybe a quick off screen splash?

There is no way it's going to be R.

Imre Csete:

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Well, Skyrim came out in November 2011 and there is a guy who put 12,3k hours in it in three years. Gaming is srs bsns.

I imagine a significant portion of that playtime was spent afk, whereas you can't stay logged into an MMO, it boots you off the server.

Could be wrong of course, as people have already pointed out it's feasible to sink years into a single game.

CardinalPiggles:

Imre Csete:

CardinalPiggles:
Recognise most of these actors, but that doesn't say much about how good the film will be.

I call bullshit on the tidbit of information on Rob Kazinsky though. 500 days of playtime equates to 14000 hours. No one spends that many hours on 1 game. I know WoW is infamous for literally sucking the life out of people but that's just ridiculous.

Well, Skyrim came out in November 2011 and there is a guy who put 12,3k hours in it in three years. Gaming is srs bsns.

I imagine a significant portion of that playtime was spent afk, whereas you can't stay logged into an MMO, it boots you off the server.

Could be wrong of course, as people have already pointed out it's feasible to sink years into a single game.

Apparently he's retired. It could just be that he has a shit ton of time on his hands and instead of joining a bridge club, he plays Skyrim.

OT: I didn't realize Duncan Jones was the director for this. That gives me a lot more hope for this movie than I originally had. Still, I've never been particularly impressed with any of these actors/actresses. I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic.

There is a Warcraft movie coming out? Oh wait, I did remember hearing something about that -like- 50 years ago. So it seems they are still going at it. I won't hold my breath, if I wasn't undead forsaken.

 

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