Warcraft is the upcoming live-action/CGI film based on the popular Blizzard Entertainment video game franchise (of the same name), as directed by the cult sci-fi filmmaker Duncan Jones of Moon and Source Code fame. An official worldwide theatrical trailer for this fantasy adventure epic is scheduled to drop online in coordination with the 2015 BlizzCon – as Jones had indicated that it would, back around the time of the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con this past July (when completed footage from the movie was shown to SDCC attendees in Hall H).
Most Hollywood studios release previews/teasers for the actual trailers for their biggest tentpole releases (for better or worse), and the studio powers that be behind Warcraft – Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures to be exact – have done the same for Jones’ big-budget feature. You can watch said Warcraft trailer “tease” above, before the full preview drops this Friday, November 6th.
Here is the plot summary for Warcraft that Legendary/Universal has released, along with the trailer preview:
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
The Warcraft script by Jones and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Seventh Son) is largely based on the very first Warcraft game (Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, released in 1994), and pits the humans of Azeroth (a.k.a. “The Alliance”) against said invading Orcs (“The Horde”), as the above plot summary illustrates. Furthermore, the two “heroes” in Warcraft that are referenced above are the human war hero Anduin Lothar and the Orc Chieftain Durotan – as played by Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Toby Kebbel (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), respectively. For more about the players on each side of the conflict in the film, you should read through the official Warcraft cast and character breakdown.
The Warcraft trailer footage that has now been formally unveiled (yes, all ten to fifteen seconds of it or so) bears a distinct resemblance to its source games, in terms of both its world and character design – as can be seen in such elements as the physical build of the orcs and/or the architecture and armor of Azeroth’s human civilization. Jones and his vast production team worked closely with Blizzard to better make sure that the Warcraft games’ visual style was properly adapted for the big screen – and so far, it appears they were successful in that respect.
Indeed, the two major video game movies arriving in 2016 – Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed – have the potential to bring newfound credibility to the video game film genre; by honoring their source material, while at the same time adapting the original games’ settings and concepts so that they might also work as cinema. Comic book movies have proven increasingly successful over this past decade at managing a similar balancing act, so all eyes will be fixed on Warcraft to see if it does indeed wind up leading that charge.
Warcraft opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016. Back back on Screen Rant this Friday for the film’s official trailer!
Source: Legendary/Universal Pictures