Ben Foster Finally Reveals Who He’s Playing In WARCRAFT
When it comes to film versions of video games, there’s really not much to talk about. With the exception of the Resident Evil films, which are getting dumber and dumber as they go on, the genre has yet to capture an audience and become successful. Even the mighty Disney, with their take on Prince of Persia, failed to create a successful property. Despite this, studios continue to look to video games as the basis for films. One such project is based on one of the most successful gaming franchises in the business and it’s no small project either.
Duncan Jones, who won fans over with his quirky space drama Moon, is at the helm of a film centered on the World of Warcraft gaming series. The film, simply titled Warcraft has pulled together quite the cast as well, which includes Travis Fimmel of Vikings fame, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Daniel Cudmore and Clancy Brown. Not too shabby if you ask me. The other actor that will be taking part in the film is a favorite of mine, Ben Foster. Up until now, the role he’d be portraying has remained hidden, but in a recent chat with IGN, Foster spilled the beans on his character.
“The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer,” Foster revealed. “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.”
As fans of the game will attest, the Warcraft world is quite large and to capture that in a film will be quite the task and require a large scale movie. Foster went on to discuss the approach that Duncan Jones and his party are taking with the film and a very general idea of the story for the film.
“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?”
Sounds like it could be a very interesting film. Hopefully this will be the film to turn that video game movie curse on its head and be a hit. Not sure why this genre can’t seem to get it right, but hey, if you throw enough crap at the wall, something is bound to stick, right? Warcraft is currently filming and is slated for a March 2016 release date.
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