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ILM brings an orc to life in these first pics from Duncan Jones' Warcraft

05.18.2015

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The last time we heard anything on the WARCRAFT front, it was that the release date was bumped back from March of next year to the following June. A smart move on Universal's part if they want Duncan Jones' (SOURCE CODE, MOON) big-budget fantasy to find an audience. If anything, this post-production time (nearly 2 years!) will allow the animators at ILM to refine their work on what looks to be a movie with a cast that's nearly 50% digital (a la DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES). The orcs will all be portrayed via motion capture and ILM has just released a couple of images on what one of the lead orcs, Orgrim (played by Robert Kazinsky), will look like.

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Motion-capture and animation are getting to the point where you can really see the actor in the finished product. You may know Robert Kazinsky as the dickhead jaeger pilot from Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM, and while I don't quite see him here, I'll wait to see this big guy in motion. Duncan Jones seems to be painting his WARCRAFT world in shades of gray, so I'm curious to see if Kazinsky has the chops to pull of the performance needed for the audience to somewhat empathize with the character. The model looks decent, as far as CG goes, but it will be the story that makes the biggest impact. Duncan Jones is swinging for the fences with his third picture, and despite not having any attachment to the WARCRAFT franchise, I hope he knocks it out of the park.

WARCRAFT is scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.

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Source: Wired

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12:37AM on 05/19/2015
Looks great you instantly recognize WoW in that, and that is awesome.
Looks great you instantly recognize WoW in that, and that is awesome.
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6:00PM on 05/18/2015

That is not just an Orc.

That is Ogrim Doomhammer.
That is Ogrim Doomhammer.
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3:46PM on 05/18/2015

Looks Fantastic

I love all the cinematics in the WarCraft franchise and this doesn't look to disappoint.
I love all the cinematics in the WarCraft franchise and this doesn't look to disappoint.
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2:00PM on 05/18/2015

Very Cool

Played all the games, starting as one should, with Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.
Played all the games, starting as one should, with Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.
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1:37PM on 05/18/2015
Gorgeous! Hope we see some green ones, though.
Gorgeous! Hope we see some green ones, though.
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5:51PM on 05/18/2015
Was thinking the same thing. these look like the orcs from the latest expansion, before they drank the green potion I guess. Small complaint though, quality looks outstanding!
Was thinking the same thing. these look like the orcs from the latest expansion, before they drank the green potion I guess. Small complaint though, quality looks outstanding!
12:40PM on 05/18/2015
Nice!
Nice!
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12:38PM on 05/18/2015

Now that's what an ork should look like!

I love the Lord of the Rings, but their orks never looked like orks to me. No idea if this movie will be any good, but at least they got the look of the orks right!
I love the Lord of the Rings, but their orks never looked like orks to me. No idea if this movie will be any good, but at least they got the look of the orks right!
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11:49AM on 05/18/2015
Spectacular. No wonder they haven't shown us anything earlier, as detailed as these renderings are.
Spectacular. No wonder they haven't shown us anything earlier, as detailed as these renderings are.
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11:35AM on 05/18/2015
That's actually looking very good!
That's actually looking very good!
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11:39AM on 05/18/2015
Yeah, I like how they differentiated enough from the Orcs in the Lord of the Rings.
Yeah, I like how they differentiated enough from the Orcs in the Lord of the Rings.
11:51AM on 05/18/2015
Yes, different from Lotr, I think I like this style a lot more.
Yes, different from Lotr, I think I like this style a lot more.
11:56AM on 05/18/2015
Absolutely. I was a bit afraid of that too but glad that this artwork turns out to be very good.
Absolutely. I was a bit afraid of that too but glad that this artwork turns out to be very good.
11:12AM on 05/18/2015
Been waiting a long time to see ANYTHING from this. The Orcs look good. Hopefully everything that comes after is just as top notch.
Been waiting a long time to see ANYTHING from this. The Orcs look good. Hopefully everything that comes after is just as top notch.
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11:11AM on 05/18/2015
I like it!!!
I like it!!!
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