Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy redefined fantasy films as we know it and ‘Warcraft‘ plans on breaking the mold once again. It isn’t just the cinematic experience that they want you to enjoy though but the very ideal of what a fantasy story can be. No matter what the story is or who is involved it always boils down to good vs evil and usually in the end good wins. It might be at a cost but the good guys tend to win. So what happens when instead of good vs evil it is ideology vs ideology and neither is fully good or evil. What if we take two opposing sides where each has pluses and minuses?
Yes, in the film we’ll see an invading orc army storm across Azeroth in order to try and take it from the humans but what we’ll quickly learn is that not all orcs are bad and not all humans are good.
Ben Schnetzer, who plays Khadgar in the film, has gone on the record saying:
“He [Jones] really wanted to humanize the horde, to humanize the orcs, and wanted people to be able to identify with them.”
This is an extremely different take from previous films and books when it comes to the fantasy genre. So how are things going to be different? Check out the following video on why you’ll be wanting to root for both orcs and humans in ‘Warcraft’ when it hits the big screen:
Duncan Jones clearly has some lofty ambitions with his film and I’m quite looking forward to seeing if he can pull it off. I love the idea of something original coming out of Hollywood, especially packaged in the bright shell of one of the largest video game franchises to have been created.
What are your thoughts on the moral question of not having a clear bad guy to root against in ‘Warcraft’?
From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.
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.
‘Warcraft’ is set to be released on June 10th, 2015 and is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.