The film portrays the original story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance's and the Horde's sides of their conflict.
What we know so far
Sir Anduin Lothar
Travis Fimmel plays the leader of the humans as the legendary Sir Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth. The last true descendant of the ancient Arathi bloodline, a knight champion of the Kingdom of Azeroth (later known as the Kingdom of Stormwind) during the First War, and the supreme commander of the armies of the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War. He is considered one of the greatest warriors of all time.
King Llane Wrynn
Dominic Cooper playing King Llane Wrynn, the ruler of the Kingdom of Azeroth during the First War. He was born in the year 564 by the accounting of years formerly used in that kingdom. A mighty, powerful leader of the people.
A statue of King Llane can be found in Stormwind Keep; the plaque reads "King Llane I of the House of Wrynn".
Paula Patton as “strong-willed survivor” Garona Halforcen. A half-orc half-draenei quest giver for the Horde in the Twilight Highlands. Like most others, she believed she was half-human until the truth was revealed to her. She is an assassin and a spymistress.
Ben Foster as “mysterious” Medivh. Medivh was the last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion. However, he was corrupted even before birth and possessed by the spirit of the demonlord Sargeras who used Medivh in his plan to conquer Azeroth.
The Horde leader will be Toby Kebbel playing Durotan, the “Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan.” Durotan, son of Garad, was the chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, mate of Draka and father of the future Warchief Thrall. He was also a contemporary of Orgrim Doomhammer.
Backed up by Clancy Brown’s Blackhand. A power-mad and tactically brilliant weaponmaster, Blackhand has both the ambition to rule and the cruelty to maintain his hold on the conquered. A Raider of the Sythegore Arm, and one of the most respected warriors in the Horde.
Rob Kazinsky’s Orgrim. Doomhammer was one of Blackhand's most trusted lieutenants, commanding a number of battles against the forces of the Kingdom of Azeroth. But Orgrim was less and less convinced about the decisions Blackhand made, and was growing more suspicious about Gul'dan's motives.
Warcraft fans may be very familiar with these names and the Warcraft mythology that surrounds each and everyone of these characters. Hardcore fans will also note that there are decades of warfare between each clan and character however as with any movie adaption there has to be a certain amount of condensing.
The Plot - As we see it
The storyline will be based on that of the first game in the [Warcraft](movie:477059) series, 1994’s Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and Jones says he’ll “spend equal time” on both factions. There is haevy emphasis on the “choose your side” element of the Warcraft games built into the movie development.
The Orcs originated from another world, Draenor, where the majority were bloodthirsty warriors driven by strife. However, their Warlocks remained aloof, devoting their time to the research of magic. The Warlocks noticed a rift between the dimensions and, after many years, opened a small portal to another world. One Warlock explored and found a region, whose Human inhabitants called it "Azeroth", from which the Warlock returned with strange plants as evidence of his discovery.
The Orcs enlarged the portal until they could transport seven warriors, who massacred a Human village. The platoon brought back samples of good food and fine worksmanship, and a report that the Humans were defenseless. The Orcs' raiding parties grew larger and bolder, until they assaulted Azeroth's principal castle. However, the Humans had been training warriors of their own, especially the mounted, heavily armed Knights. These, assisted by Human Sorcerers, gradually forced the Orcs to retreat through the portal, which the Humans had not discovered.
For the next fifteen years, one faction of Orcs demanded that the portal be closed. However a chief of exceptional cunning realized that the Humans, although out-numbered, had prevailed through the use of superior tactics, organization, and by magic. He united the clans, imposed discipline on their army and sought new magics from the Warlocks and Necromancers. Their combined forces were ready to try once more to overthrow the Humans.
Props from the upcoming movie
Several props from the upcoming Warcraft movie were on display at BlizzCon 2014. There were two areas, one featuring items for the Horde and the other Alliance. Check these out!
Durotan's wolf overcoat and battleaxe!
Stormwind armor worn by the human soldiers.
Full Stormwind armor for the horses or the Knights
Well, it's not quite the Warhammer 40K fantasy movie that i wanted but it certainly is a step in the right direction, and by the looks and sounds of this production so far, we shouldn't be too disappointed with the end result.
What do you think? Are we making a grave mistake here or are you unbelievably excited about this movie?