Colin Farrell Talks ‘Warcraft’ Movie; Calls Script ‘Amazing’

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As Source Code director Duncan Jones readies his video game adaptation Warcraft to begin filming in January 2014, a steady feed of information about the film has been released – far more than some other blockbusters opening in late 2015.

Test footage was teased during Comic-Con, Vikings star Travis Fimmel‘s casting has been confirmed, concept art and plot details have emerged, but besides Fimmel, at this point it’s not clear just who else will be joining the cast. Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) are said to be on a shortlist for supporting parts, with Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Colin Farrell reportedly offered leading roles.

While there has been no update on Patton’s involvement, Farrell recently to spoke to IGN about his role in Saving Mr. Banks and the conversation inevitably turned to Warcraft. Farrell had this to say about the news of his involvement:

” ‘Warcraft’? Don’t know what’s happening, man. I read the script, if that’s any use to you, and it’s amazing.”

Farrell elaborated on the script and commented on director Duncan Jones:

“Yeah, he’s cool. Duncan was cool. I sat with Duncan for awhile and read the script, loved the script, and we was as cool as can be. I don’t know what’s happening with the film. I don’t know where they are in the process.”

So this definitely confirms the talk that Farrell has been approached to star. During the recent unveiling of some of the concept art at BlizzCon, Duncan Jones was asked if he had his actors. His response: “Yup!” Is Farrell being cagey? He’s known for being fairly open and direct in this kind of interview, so he really might be as in the dark on the Warcraft pre-production.

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Farrell went on about the world of the script and was asked whether or not he was a World of Warcraft fan prior to reading the screenplay:

Not at all, no. The script was just really, really cool, and it’s just a world that I never explored — and it’s a really big and fantastical world. I can’t imagine what he, being as visually gifted as he is, Duncan, and what he did on ‘Moon’ with, like, a dime, I can’t imagine what he’d do with this ‘Warcraft.’ ” 

And the million dollar question: Can Farrell talk about what role he was offered?

Can I? I probably shouldn’t. I don’t even know, actually, I’ll just say that! I don’t even know. We were just talking, and Duncan just said, ‘There might be something in it for you! And I said, ‘Catering?’ [Laughs]”

While we know the basic plot of screenwriter Charles Leavitt’s storyline – “It’s the story of Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games” – previous plot rumors indicated that the wizard Khadgar and his mentor Medivh would be central characters along with the warrior Lothar.

It’s likely that Farrell actually has a pretty good idea of which role Jones and company want him for, and given the solid – but not quite A-list – caliber of the talent sought for the supporting roles, Farrell is probably circling the lead human role… unless the filmmakers decide to throw a curveball and make him an orc. Expect casting updates and hard confirmations soon with the start date of production so close at hand.


Warcraft is scheduled to be released in December 2015.

Source: IGN

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    • I’d say the same thing but luckily, there won’t be a Legend Of Zelda movie anytime soon. Or ever.

      Farrell can be good in some roles though, just depends on the script and directing I guess.

    • Yep, i dont know what people see in that guy, because he is just awful. Im going to skip this one for sure. To be honest i don’t have much faith in them making a good WOW movie anyway.

      • Farrell was awful in Phone Booth? In Daredevil? In the horrible Total Recall reboot?

        I thought he was pretty good in them myself. The latter two were bad movies that he managed to elevate with his presence and the former was a great movie where a single setting proved to work on the big screen and Kiefer managed to prove why he’s a much-respected actor by doing it with only his voice and his natural commanding presence.

        • Lets not forget Seven Psychopaths, Horrible Bosses, and Fright Night.

          • Why aren’t you guys mentioning “In Bruges”? He was relly good there. I think he proved himself as an actor with that movie.

            • I was going to, but every time I try to bring it up in a conversation no one has seen it.

        • To answer your question…yes, he was terrrible, or to be fair, just mediocre.

          He should not be headlining a movie.

          • I could say the same thing about Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe and many others.

            Doesn’t mean it’s true though, it’s just opinion.

            • +1

            • Umm yeah it does make it true… The people you listed off are generally bad actors. You might like the guy and that fine, but he is not a good actor.

              • saying Colin Farrell is a bad actor sounds more like someone who is scared of a actor tarnishing your precious video game universe that you have created in your head

            • Daniel Radclife is not a bad actor. He is just pidgeon holed as Harry Potter so people have a hard time trying to belief he is another character.

              Radcliffe is actually a brilliant stage actor and he has some lesser known movies out there that you should check out. He isn’t bad.

              I don’t think Franco is that bad either. Not great but doesn’t deserve to be lilnked with the rest of that list.

  1. I like Colin Farrell, I think he’s a great actor. He did really well in Seven Psychopaths and Fright Night and apparently he did amazing in the upcoming ‘Saving Mr. Banks’. I’m not a World of Warcraft player or anything, don’t even know what it’s about but if Colin Farrel is in it with Duncan Jones directing and writing, I’m there. I really enjoyed Source Code and Moon, both really awesome movies.

  2. The guy standing behind Colin looks like ‘The Hound’ from Game of Thrones.

    • That’s because it is him.

      • Coolio! :)

  3. I really wish people would stop mentioning World of Warcraft in regard to this film.

    There is NOTHING in this that is related to WoW. it’s based on the earlier games called just Warcraft, which only barely share the same universe. WoW happens much later than the events in Warcraft.

    Whether the actor played World of Warcraft has no bearing on whether he’d have any particular insight into a Warcraft movie. The events aren’t the same. It’s like asking someone set to take on the role of Henry the 8th about his insight into the role based on his familiarity with the life and times of Margaret Thatcher.

    • It’s kind of annoying constantly seeing this kind of comment.

      Face it, WoW is the one that got popular and propelled into mainstream so that’s what people know it as.

      I’ve accepted that people assume Metal Gear Solid is the first game in that franchise, despite Metal Gear being the first a decade earlier on the NES but you know what? It’s pointless arguing, just sit back knowing you were there before it got popular, grab that last handful of chips and relax until the movie releases.

      Plus your example made no sense because everyone knows who Henry VIII and Margaret Thatcher were but not many know there’s a difference between Warcraft and World Of Warcraft.

      • Those games looked like games that would boost my rage quits, so I never played them and don’t know the difference between Warcraft and WoW. Anyways +10000000000

        • It’s kinda silly to expect the general audience to know the difference. I barely know anything Warcraft, World of Warcraft or whatever. It’s like expecting someone who doesn’t read comics to know all three Robins.

      • this is a nerd-board, where people obsess over Batman’s nipples or the colour of Superman’s tights.

        I’m not talking to the people who don’t know the difference between WoW and Warcraft.

        The people running this board should know the difference. The lore of Warcraft is not the lore of WoW. If the film is based on the lore of Warcraft then the film has absolutely nothing to do with WoW.

        The Henry the 8th / Margaret Thatcher comparison is a perfect example. Both were rulers of the UK / England, but from different time periods.

        • @Mikey

          It was a terrible example.

          Everyone knows Henry and Thatcher.

          Just because this is a “nerd board” as you declared it to be, doesn’t mean people have to know everything about nerdy things.

          I’d never heard of the games until WoW was advertised in 2008, yet I’ve been a hardcore gamer since 1987. Just like I used to have Transformers toys in the 80s but only ever knew the names of Optimus Prime and Megatron and was ignorant to the others because I wasn’t really that into Transformers.

          Meanwhile, I could endlessly quote Robocop and Commando and you’d probably sit there not knowing what the hell I’m talking about.

          • Comment under moderation but basically, for now, your Thatcher/Henry VIII example is still poorly thought out and nothing near the Warcraft/WoW thing you’re trying to make it out to be.

        • What? Really? it is the WORLD…… of…… you ready for this… Warcraft.

          Meaning it is the World Warcraft takes part in. So ever since OvH it was STILL the World of Warcraft just a different time.

          No its like saying Earth then and now and how was it shaped by man.

          It is the World (Azeroth) of Warcraft and how it was shaped starting in the begining with OvH.

  4. Nah I think Colin Farwell should other movies instead of World Of Warcraft, I’m not really a WoW person but I like how the film turns out.

  5. Hearing an actor claim the script is “amazing” is nothing short of……meh. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have heard that claim. Of COURSE they are gonna say that (especially when they haven’t even started yet and a bad mouthing actor be easily replaced 😉 )

  6. Colin Farrell Talks ‘Warcraft’ Movie; Calls Script ‘Amazing’

    of he does, he wants to be in the movie. pshhh…