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Extended TV Spot for WARCRAFT Teases Epic Battles

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 11:23 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


A new extended TV spot for Warcraft has been released online, and it’s pretty terrific. After years of development, Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones finally cracked the code, so to speak, of translating the immensely popular video game World of Warcraft for the big screen, co-writing the screenplay with Charles Leavitt and enacting a very specific vision for this fantasy epic as director. The key was giving equal weight to both the humans and the orcs of the story, rather than pitting it as “good guys vs. bad guys,” with Jones aiming to show shading through heroes and villains on both sides. The result, as glimpsed in the trailers and this new TV spot, is a positively epic piece of high fantasy that promises to be a feast for the eyes and soul.

This TV spot actually begins with footage similar to how Legendary announced Warcraft in the first place, as the standoff between an orc and a human is the same setup that Legendary unveiled as a surprise at Comic-Con a few years back in announcing its intention to finally bring Warcraft to the big screen. As a big fan of Jones’ work I have a lot of faith that he can finally be the one to crack the video game movie curse, and the story he’s crafted should hopefully appeal to a broad audience.

The story crux of Warcraft is chronicling the battle between humans and orcs from both sides, as the orcs leave behind their dying home world and set about trying to colonize the human-filled Azeroth. Jones realized the orcs via cutting-edge motion-capture technology, which is described as the next step above what was used in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so these orcs represent a new frontier for what CG can do.

Take a look at the TV spot below, and for a deeper dive into the film, check out my set visit coverage in the links below the video. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Ben Foster, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Clancy Brown, and Ben Schnezer. Warcraft opens in theaters on June 10th.

Here’s the official synopsis for Warcraft:

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.


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