World of Warcraft is easily one of the most successful video games of all time, so it’s no surprise that director Duncan Jones’ upcoming movie adaptation of the game is one of the most anticipated films in recent memory. Unfortunately not much information about the movie has been released so far, despite its high profile. Thankfully, Ben Foster felt talkative during a recent interview with IGN when he revealed who he is playing in the film:
The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. 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.
He also talked about Jones’ approach to the movie, which should sound promising to any fan of the game:
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?
While the movie promises to have cutting-edge visual effects, Foster also confirmed that his character won’t be a CGI creation, but many others will:
The way that they're pushing motion-capture -- I just saw some of the test footage -- it's unlike anything I've ever seen. It's performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It's going to be one helluva 3D event.
Warcraft may be taking a backseat to Star Wars at the moment, but Jones is one of the most underrated directors around, and giving him an enormous budget and great source material could make for a solid blockbuster.
Warcraft will hit theaters on March 11, 2016.