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Ben Foster drops some info on Duncan Jones' Warcraft

06.02.2014

The last bit of WARCRAFT news came in the form of the release date being pushed back from December 2015 to March 2016. That's an extensive post-production schedule, but whatever time Duncan Jones needs, I say give it to him. The man proved his writing/directing jobs with two of the best Science Fiction films of the last decade, with MOON and (to a lesser extent) SOURCE CODE. While WARCRAFT doesn't have the star power of say, oh I dunno, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, that doesn't mean it's lacking the talent. Ben Foster has proved himself to dissolve into his characters in films such as 3:10 TO YUMA and PANDORUM, and he recently spoke out about his character for WARCRAFT.

Regarding who he's playing:

The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle."

When it comes to Warcraft lore, I'm a total newb, so I looked up Medivh on the World of Warcraft Wiki and this is the entry:

Magus or Magna Medivh was the last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion. He was corrupted even before birth, and possessed by the spirit of the demonlord Sargeras who used Medivh in his plan to conquer Azeroth. Medivh contacted the orcish warlock, Gul'dan, and together they opened the Dark Portal, which allowed the Burning Legion to begin its destruction of Azeroth. He was slain shortly after by a party led by one of his friends, Lothar.

Shortly before the beginning of the Third War, Medivh returned as a mysterious prophet, manipulating events in order to arrange the formation of a last-ditch alliance between the mortal races on Kalimdor, guiding them to victory at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. The prophet's name means "keeper of secrets" in Thalassian. He possessed Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian.

Yeah, that's all Greek to me. Obviously that's a lot of information to take in, so I'm just going to wait until the release of the film and get Ben Foster's take on the character.

Foster did have a little bit more to say, regarding what Duncan Jones is attempting to bring to a WARCRAFT film, and the special effects being implemented.

In regards to what Duncan Jones is bringing to the table:

What's exciting about Duncan Jones' take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me. It's not just a video game turned into a movie. It's asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?

In regards to ILM's effects:

The way that they're pushing motion-capture - I just saw some of the test footage - it's unlike anything I've ever seen. It's performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. No, (my character's) not (performance-captured), but there are interactions with a lot of characters that are. There are a lot of different kinds of creatures in this picture that I interact with. It's going to be one helluva 3D event.

While the World of Warcraft is one arena I never bothered stepping in, I'm fascinated to see another large-scale fantasy film, especially in the hands of Duncan Jones.

WARCRAFT starring Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Paula Patton, Rob Kazinsky, Ryan Robbins and Toby Kebbell will hit theaters on March 11th, 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: Any fans of Warcraft excited about this news?
Source: IGNWoW Wiki

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8:10AM on 06/03/2014
Whoa, Kurgan's in this? And Paula Patton? I can picture her as a night elf. Can't wait for this.
Whoa, Kurgan's in this? And Paula Patton? I can picture her as a night elf. Can't wait for this.
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5:11AM on 06/03/2014
Even the character description bored me... I don't think this movie is for me with Scorcerers and shit like that but I want to give it a shot because of Duncan Jones.
Even the character description bored me... I don't think this movie is for me with Scorcerers and shit like that but I want to give it a shot because of Duncan Jones.
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8:21PM on 06/02/2014

WoWed by the possibilities of this one

If Ben Foster plays that mage guy like his bad-ass gunslinger in Yuma with magical powers, should be outstanding. My expectations for this film are getting higher the more I hear.
If Ben Foster plays that mage guy like his bad-ass gunslinger in Yuma with magical powers, should be outstanding. My expectations for this film are getting higher the more I hear.
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3:16PM on 06/02/2014
I'm am a fan (though due to what i'm hearing about the newest expansion, i'm less of one) of Warcraft.

I am not familiar with Duncan Jones.

I am vaguely familiar with Foster - saw him in X3.

I have zero excitement for this movie.
I'm am a fan (though due to what i'm hearing about the newest expansion, i'm less of one) of Warcraft.

I am not familiar with Duncan Jones.

I am vaguely familiar with Foster - saw him in X3.

I have zero excitement for this movie.
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6:46PM on 06/02/2014
Familiarize yourself with Jones. You need to see Moon, probably one of the best sci fi films in recent years & the equally entertaining Source Code.

Also, you're vaguely familiar with Ben Foster? WHAT!?! Nah I jest. But seriously, the dude is probably one of the best character actors of this generation. See him in 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, Ain't them Bodies Saints, Alpha Dog (the man is the best thing about the film), and in the recent Lone Survivor.
Familiarize yourself with Jones. You need to see Moon, probably one of the best sci fi films in recent years & the equally entertaining Source Code.

Also, you're vaguely familiar with Ben Foster? WHAT!?! Nah I jest. But seriously, the dude is probably one of the best character actors of this generation. See him in 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, Ain't them Bodies Saints, Alpha Dog (the man is the best thing about the film), and in the recent Lone Survivor.
2:11PM on 06/02/2014

There is no way this can be any good...

First off its a video game adaptation... Secondly its a large scale fantasy movie directed by a guy who does small scale movies REALLY well. No director has ever gone from indie movies to large scale epic CGI heavy battles and done well. I love Duncan Jones, Moon is up there on the best movies released for its year. But a WoW movie just has no chance of being good.
First off its a video game adaptation... Secondly its a large scale fantasy movie directed by a guy who does small scale movies REALLY well. No director has ever gone from indie movies to large scale epic CGI heavy battles and done well. I love Duncan Jones, Moon is up there on the best movies released for its year. But a WoW movie just has no chance of being good.
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2:20PM on 06/02/2014
No director... like Peter Jackson?
No director... like Peter Jackson?
2:24PM on 06/02/2014
Shhh...don't let Gareth Edwards hear you say that....
Shhh...don't let Gareth Edwards hear you say that....
3:05PM on 06/02/2014
Bryan Singer = The Usual Suspects/ Apt Pupil -> X-Men
Guillermo Del Toro = Cronos -> Hellboy (and especially) Hellboy II
Peter Jackson = Heavenly Creatures -> The Lord of the Rings
Jon Favreau = Made -> Iron Man
Christopher Nolan = Memento/ Insomina -> The Dark Knight/ Inception
Sam Mendes = American Beauty -> Skyfall
Alphonso Cuaron = Y Tu Mama Tambien/ A Little Princess -> Gravity
Doug Liman = Swings/ Go -> Edge of Tomorrow

Yeah, man that sucks that it just like never ever, in the
Bryan Singer = The Usual Suspects/ Apt Pupil -> X-Men
Guillermo Del Toro = Cronos -> Hellboy (and especially) Hellboy II
Peter Jackson = Heavenly Creatures -> The Lord of the Rings
Jon Favreau = Made -> Iron Man
Christopher Nolan = Memento/ Insomina -> The Dark Knight/ Inception
Sam Mendes = American Beauty -> Skyfall
Alphonso Cuaron = Y Tu Mama Tambien/ A Little Princess -> Gravity
Doug Liman = Swings/ Go -> Edge of Tomorrow

Yeah, man that sucks that it just like never ever, in the history of ever, ever works. Think of how good all of those above films could've been if the studios had just hired a bunch of Michael Bay / Roland Emmerich types?
1:48PM on 06/02/2014
This is going to be one hell of a good Sci-Fi film. Talented director and cast that rarely, if ever disappoint.
This is going to be one hell of a good Sci-Fi film. Talented director and cast that rarely, if ever disappoint.
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8:25PM on 06/02/2014
I agree with all you say except the definition, its pretty much Fantasy on steroids isn't it? I speak as a non-player.
I agree with all you say except the definition, its pretty much Fantasy on steroids isn't it? I speak as a non-player.
8:55PM on 06/02/2014
Ya its fantasy. Soloist doesnt know what hes talking about.
Ya its fantasy. Soloist doesnt know what hes talking about.
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