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Variety – Vikings Actor Travis Fimmel Joins Warcraft Film

Variety film reporter Justin Kroll claims an exclusive that Travis Fimmel, known for his role as “Tarzan” (TV series, 2003) in his early years and most recently in the History Channel “Vikings” (TV Series, 2013), has been secured for a role as one of the four leads in the Warcraft film.

There is no official word out there to confirm this, but Variety tags it as an Exclusive. At this point it may be assumed to be a leak from a source close to Fimmel or the Warcraft film production. Read his IMDB Profile.

After a lengthy search, Legendary Entertainment has found its leading man for the upcoming adaptation of “Warcraft,” tapping Travis Fimmel to star.

No formal offer has been presented yet but sources say he is their guy for one of the four leads in the film — source

 

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Warcraft Film Speculation – Johnny Depp Goes Blonde … is He Arthas?

As far back as January 2013, TrackingBoard.com posted:

“Warner Bros. may be making strides in the right direction with its long gestating WARCRAFT film, as there is interest for Johnny Depp to star.”

This rumor has never been confirmed by director Duncan Jones, Legendary Pictures nor Blizzard Entertainment. There was another rumor on July 30, 2013 spinning from BleedingCool that the Warcraft film script is based on the First War with Khadgar as the leading role.

However, back on August 30, 2013, I reported a quote from the “Production Weekly” auditions magazine which revealed the term “Conflagration” as a sort of codename for the Warcraft Film, and a brief description of the plot which contradicts the first rumor and makes us go bananas on what is truth or not.


His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

Just an hour ago, the Associated Press posted Johnny Depp attended the London Film Festival with blonde hair — just 12 weeks away from the filming of Warcraft in Vancouver.

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Running a search in google for Johnny Depp photos show he has never used this particular tone of blonde before. It is a very particular … distinctive … and iconic blonde hue. Hmm?

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The Warcraft Film is slated to begin rolling cameras on January 13th, 2014. Release date was announced to be on December 18, 2015.

Duncan Jones will be at Blizzard Entertainment’s BlizzCon co-leading the Warcraft film panel along with Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo on Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm. If you weren’t lucky to get a BlizzCon ticket you can still watch live this panel with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which allows you to watch a livestream either on your TV (DirecTV) or online on your PC. Get your Virtual Ticket here.

BlizzCon 2013 – Warcraft Movie Presentation and No StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Blizzard Entertainment just posted the entire BlizzCon 2013 Schedule which reveals Duncan Jones will be a panelist along with Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo to discuss details of the upcoming Warcraft Film by Legendary Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and NBCUniversal.


Warcraft Movie Presentation

Main Stage
Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along with key Blizzard developers as they discuss the thrilling collaborative process of translating Azeroth’s game world to the big screen.

Panel includes: Duncan Jones (Director), Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development) and Rob pardo (Chief Creative Officer)

 

The BlizzCon 2013 Floor Map shows all the playable video games: Hearthstone, Diablo III (PS4), World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The big absent stage is StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

On Friday, November 8 — Blizzard will likely announce the new World of Warcraft expansion through the panel titled “World of Warcraft: The Adventure Continues” scheduled at 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST.

Warcraft Film – Duncan Jones Moves to Vancouver 3 Months Earlier

A few days ago, Duncan Jones announced on Twitter that he was leaving his home. Later he mentioned he was en route to Canada — without mentioning his destination. We already know Atlas Entertainment was conducting auditions in Vancouver, so it wasn’t hard to guess — but now it is confirmed. Duncan Jones has finally arrived to Vancouver after 1000 miles and 15 hours of driving from Los Angeles.

The big question is … why did Duncan Jones move to Vancouver three months before the Warcraft Film begins shooting cameras? It is an enigma.

Pre-production work? I could come up with random silly questions, but I’ll let you — the fan — create the turmoil in your mind tinkering his motives.

Personally, I am thrilled the Warcraft film is moving forward, and love all the short, and geeky updates Duncan Jones throws via Twitter. Much better than going radio silence for months. Keeps you on the edge of your seat pressing F5 to see what new update Duncan comes up with.

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Legendary Pictures Announces Warcraft Film Release Date: December 18, 2015

Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have officially announced the release date of the Legendary Pictures Warcraft Film. Legendary Pictures has partnered with Universal Pictures to launch the Warcraft Film on December 18, 2015.

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Director Duncan Jones plans to roll cameras on January 13, 2014 in Vancouver. Several actors have been rumored to be in talks to join the crew.

There are contradictory rumors about the plot. Bleeding Cool recently mentioned it is based on Khadgar and Medivh during the First War, while the Production Weekly audition postings describes an early Arthas plot.

Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, December 18, 2015. WARCRAFT marks the first film dated under the recently formed partnership between Universal and Legendary.

The film, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven and Alex Gartner for Atlas Entertainment and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce.

 

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Warcraft Film Casting – Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount & Anton Yelchin

Yesterday, Deadline reported Mission Impossible 4 actress Paula Patton was already in the negotiating table to join the cast. Colin Farrell is rumored to be 50/50 and hasn’t taken a decision yet.

Deadline updated today at 10am three new actors sought for lead roles in the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment.

These new actors are Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount and Anton Yelchin.

You may remember Paul Dano in Loopers (2012) and Cowboys & Aliens (2011).

Travis Fimmel from Tarzan (TV Series 2003), The Experiment (2010) and Vikings (2013).

Anson Mount from Dollhouse (Tv Series 2009), Hell on Wheels (TV Series 2011) and Seal Team Six.

Anton Yelchin played as Chekov in the Star Trek Into Darkness film.

source: Deadline

Warcraft Film Casting – Paula Patton & Colin Farrell Rumored

Deadline informs Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are casting for the Warcraft film.

Paula Patton is negotiating a lead role. Bleeding Cool says she is going for Lady Taria — wife of King Llane. Paula Patton is known for her role as Jane Carter in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011) with Tom Cruise, and the upcoming Mission Impossible 5 (2015).

I am not too certain Bleeding Cool got the name right. If the rumor that the film is going with the Medivh and Khadgar era (The First War) was true, what would make sense is to see King Adamant Wrynn III and his wife Varia — parents of a younger Prince Llane.

CTV News – World of Warcraft Film Could Save British Columbia Film Industry

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CTV News interviewed Film reviewer Jim Gordon who praises Legendary Pictures for bringing the production of the World of Warcraft film to Vancouver.

The production could save the British Columbia film industry because some productions are usually lured to other locations for the tax credit incentives.

The CTV News website contains a short article and a HD video.

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Warcraft Film “Conflagration” Based on Prince Arthas Menethil?

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ARTHASRumors have circulated for a few weeks the plot for the Warcraft film is based on Khadgar and Medivh — rumor ignited by Bleeding Cool on July 31. That sets the story during the First War as depicted in the first Warcraft game titled Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). Players kill Medivh in mission # 8 of the Human campaign as seen in our single-player guide.

A day ago, Production Weekly tweeted Legendary Pictures is shooting the Warcraft film on January 13th in Vancouver.

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The CMPP stands for Canadian Motion Picture Park.

A contact who asked to remain as an anonymous source has provided me the Production Weekly – Issue 861 – Thursday, August 29, 2013 which contains 104 film listings (including the Warcraft film) and 22 pages. The PDF sent to me contains indeed 22 pages, and it is dated Thursday, August 29th.

Due to the notice at the end of the document, I am not able to copy/paste or quote the entry:

“Production Weekly is intended for the personal use of its recipients. Mass forwarding or redistribution of this email or posting of this list or any information derived from the list on any web
site or message board in its entirety or in part without the written permission of the list administrator is neither permitted nor within the spirit of the efforts put into its creation. Copyright 2013 by Production Weekly All Rights Reserved.”

I’ll try to paraphrase instead without directly quoting word by word.

The Warcraft Film is codenamed “Conflagration”. That’s synonymous with War or Conflict according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As well as Inferno, and Holocaust. Curiously, it’s also a mage spell.

However, what I just read in this Production Weekly document of 22 pages is a short description that includes Prince Arthas Menethil. The way this is phrased seems to tell the story of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, but may also be a reference to Christie Golden’s novel World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King — which covers his younger years as a child and a teen, including his ordering as a Paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand.

Could go any of both ways — the novel way (which includes Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) or the RTS game way. The novel truly expanded Arthas’ story and personality. However, all the events of the Orcs, Night Elves and Scourge campaign were skipped in the novel. The way the film could work is mixing a little bit of both plots.

Keep in mind the story in the Production Weekly might be misdirection, inaccurate, or even outdated. Take with a grain of salt, and not as “Fact”.

UPDATE

I have been investigating some of the information in this PDF file to verify authenticity. Following the address in Google Maps it is indeed a Vancouver address. The email of the production led me to another public website (acting-auditions.org) that is listing the same info seen in the Production Weekly. As such, I will directly quote the short film description also seen in the Production Weekly #861.


His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

If you re-read that description, it is not specifically saying this is a Lich King film. It is the story that led Arthas to become the Lich King — aka the human campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Part of the RTS game’s human campaign plot is fleshed out in the Christie Golden novel. If you have read that novel, you will know how cool the film might be if this was not a rumor or flavor description for misdirection of the real plot.

Now the Duncan Jones “mood piece” shown at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con (read more) shows a human warrior and an orc. The novel didn’t have much screen time for orcs.

Mixing the great qualities of Arthas’ story from the novel, and adding some scenes of the RTS orc campaign could potentially add some nice battles, without sacrificing the depth of a well-written story with Prince Arthas as the central figure.

There were battle scenes when Thrall freed Grom Hellscream from the Humans. There was another humans vs orcs battle in the Echo Isles. However, most of the Human Campaign dealt with Arthas and Jaina going to Andorhal where they found Kel’Thuzad and the Scourge plaguing the grains. Later, the Culling of Stratholme. The travel to Northrend, and the eventual scene of Arthas and Muradin finding the runeblade Frostmourne.

Can all this story, and that of the orc campaign be crammed into a single film? Sounds like mission impossible, it has a lot of potential, but then again — this plot is not yet “factual” nor confirmed.

UPDATE # 2

And here is another reason why this Arthas plot could be true; or it could also either be misdirection, or inaccurate. The same text flavor used in the Production Weekly and in the casting website comes straight from the Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Arthas novel as seen in the Simon & Schuster website.

Warcraft Film Shooting Scheduled to Roll Cameras on January 13 at Vancouver

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Production Weekly tweeted that Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for the filming of Warcraft scheduled to begin January 13th. The filming will take place in Vancouver.

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That’s absolutely exciting! Filming begins within the next four months — which means headlines about the casting crew will begin to flood the internet very soon.

Director Duncan Jones revealed a Warcraft film mood piece at the San Diego Comic Con depicting a human and an orc fighting in a setting similar to Blasted Lands or Hellfire Peninsula according to attendees who watched it.

Rumors have it the film will feature Khadgar and Medivh — set during the First War. To learn more about that, read Warcraft: The Last Guardian (reprinted in the WarCraft Archive)

Source: TheCollider

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