The trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of the popular fantasy series Warcraft was shown off at BlizzCon yesterday, and fans are going wild. The footage was unveiled on stage at the Anaheim Conventer Center by director Duncan Jones along with the film’s cast members Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, and Daniel Wu.
“That was incredible,” said Jones backstage following the trailer. “I’ve been working on this movie for three years and coming to BlizzCon for the past five years. I know this crowd from both sides, so it was fantastic to be able to finally show them in person and release the trailer online for everyone who couldn’t be here.”
The green tusk-bearing orcs and their ancient conflict with the humans looked fantastic on the big screen, with some great CGI and an aesthetic that is unique to the 11-year-old online RPG, as well as the original games of the 1990s. However, winning over the hardcore fans of the game and book series was only part of the film’s goal, says Jones, who also directed successful sci-fi movies like Moon and Source Code.
“We have to convince people who aren’t fans of ‘Warcraft’ that this is a movie that they’re going to understand, enjoy and love,” he told The Washington Post. “I keep telling everyone here that this is an opportunity for those who love ‘Warcraft’ to communicate to everyone else exactly what it is they love about ‘Warcraft.’”
Ben Foster, who played the role of the magical Medivh, expressed that he didn’t let the pressure of fan expectations get to him.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Foster. “It’s about two sides of a war. There’s compassion on both sides. To me, that felt like a worthy way to spend a few months in a very accessible way. If you can use the engine of big dollar Hollywood to talk about both sides of a war, that feels exciting. By the way, nobody did it for free.”
In fact, for Paula Patton the biggest challenge wasn’t as much doing lore justice as much as it was having to act with pointy ears and tusks, saying she would take them home to practice.
“My son loved it,” said Patton. “He would call me orc mommy. I would tape my pointy ears on him and rehearse my lines with the tusks on while cleaning the house or whatever.”
The film is produced by Activision Blizzard and Legendary Pictures and is scheduled for release on June 10 by Universal Pictures. It may also turn into a trilogy according to Jones and Blizzard’s chief of story and franchise development Chris Metzen.
Watch the new trailer here: