‘Warcraft’ Movie Adds ‘Vikings’ Leading Man Travis Fimmel

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It’s been a long time coming, but the movie based on the popular World of Warcraft video game series is going full steam ahead. Directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code), Warcraft has a script by Charles Leavitt (next year’s Seventh Son), and will begin filming in January 2014 for a release in December 2015.

We’ve had a casting shortlist for a while now, with two of the lead roles reportedly offered to Colin Farrell and Paula Patton. Additionally, Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) are under consideration for unspecified supporting roles.

Now, one actor who was on this shortlist has been cast. Variety reports that Travis Fimmel, star of History Channel’s Vikings, will play one of the film’s four lead roles.

The components for Warcraft have been coming together steadily and relatively under the radar, and – rather surprising for  a blockbuster project – we know quite a bit about it, with conceptual footage teased at SDCC this past summer. Jones and Leavitt are crafting the story with an emphasis on the high-fantasy elements of the game, and are starting from the very beginning. The plot will be based on the first two installments, Orcs & Humans and Tides of Darkness, which are in the mode of Real Time Strategy (RTS) rather than the looser and open-ended sandbox MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) versions of the game.

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As far as which characters will be included, and who Fimmel might be playing, there are no hard reports beyond a rumored plot summary which stated that the main characters will be the powerful wizard Khadgar, his mentor Medivh, and the warrior Anduin Lothar, who might be the main hero (if the filmmakers hew anywhere near the storylines from the games). Also, expect loads of invading orcs to factor in, with an orc warchief (Orgrim Doomhammer, perhaps)  to presumably be one of the other main roles.

Of these, Lothar seems to be the best fit for Fimmel, who brings a rough charm, appropriately chiseled good looks and experience in this type of role. If the casting continues along the expected path, it’s conceivable that we might have an official roster of talent locked sooner rather than later – especially if Jones is to begin production by January. Reportedly, Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) was in “advanced negotiations” and Colin Farrell was “50/50” on whether he’d take a role. It’s likely that the other names on the shortlist – Dano, Mount and Yeltin – could be officially confirmed, with news on the rest of the leads to follow.

It remains to be seen whether or not Hollywood can nail a video game adaptation – although we here at Screen Rant believe it could be the next breakout genre after comic book movies – but with the Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation locking down quality talent in the form of producer/star Michael Fassbender and The Wolverine‘s Oscar-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank, the chances for Warcraft to help set the tone for quality video game films is looking better and better.

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Warcraft will be released in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. He was good in the 4 episodes of vikings i watched. I like yhe casting.

  2. I hope they don’t make this like Dragon Ball Evolution.

    • That movie was terrible. Only good thing about it was James Marsters.

      Funnily enough, before it released, I said that if a sequel happened, I’d have like to see Dave Bautista as Nappa if they went the Saiyan Saga route.

  3. Fimmel surprisingly good in Vikings. Excellent in fact.

  4. Again, the movie is not “based on the popular World of Warcraft” game series. It’s based on the “Warcraft” games. “World of Warcraft” is just the latest iteration, which is an MMORPG.

  5. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET HIM BE ARTHAS

  6. Ragnar Lothbrok…i love that name

  7. Fimmel is a good actor in “Vikings” and I hope he will play Arthas – based on his looks and acting, he seems to have a good shot at it. I wish him the best.
    However there are two things that worries me about this adaptation:
    1. As this is a “Warcraft” movie and not “World of Warcraft” movie, will people care to go and watch it – compared to if it is a WoW movie? Sure, there are hard core fans of the lore of Warcraft, but the newer fans are more familiar with WoW than with Warcraft and WoW has far more of a name in this world than Warcraft. Heck, people are already confusing this as a WoW movie and thus, expecting a WoW storyline instead of Warcraft storyline. This itself might disappoint a great number of people.
    2. Really hoped this movie will do well in terms of casting, because so far, we have seen failed adaptations of popular games (“Prince of Persia”) or even tv shows (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Dragonball Evolution”) and one of the causes for their failures is the horrendous casting job. Don’t just throw in A+ Hollywood actors because they won’t help a movie.

    • As far as your first point, I don’t think many will care whether it’s Warcraft or World of Warcraft. Only hardcore fans will know the difference but the rest of the world will just see the Warcraft name and potentially avoid it due to the nerdy connotations associated with the Warcraft name.

      Unless they make it look as good as LOTR, then maybe people will be curious and watch it.

    • unfortunately, based on what i’ve read, arthas will not be around this movie. i’ve read that the story will revolve around varyan. maybe that’s the reason why kadghar and lothar (and doomhammer as one of the main antagonist) plays a pretty big role in it

  8. I have Vikings listed on my Netflix list to watch. I have not seen it yet, but heard it was reasonably good. My son is excited about the Warcraft movie, and still hoping someday somehow someone will do a HALO flick full-scale for the movies.

    • Vikings is utterly amazing. Fimmel is fantastic and the irish scenary just adds to it

      • Irish? They are Scandinavian

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