The fantasy epic Warcraft, based on Blizzard's popular World of Warcraft games franchise, is set to hit screens this Friday. After a massive opening day in China, Warcraft looks set to be one of the biggest summer successes worldwide. Sometimes, with all the hype of blockbusters, we tend to overlook the people responsible for bringing these epic characters to life. Some of these Warcraft actors are extremely well known, while others are relative newcomers to the world of moviemaking. Yet whatever the case, the characters they are portraying are quite unlike any we've seen before. So let's remove the impressive makeup and stunning CGI, and learn about the people themselves.
One of the most interesting aspects of the film is that it pits humans against orcs in a bid to see who will be able to live in peace. On the human side of the coin, we have the Alliance.
King Llane — Dominic Cooper
King Llane I of the House of Wrynn was the ruler of the Kingdom.
Dominic Cooper is one of the better-known names on this list, having more than 50 acting credits to his name. He is famous for his role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Iron Man's dad Howard Stark. Currently, Cooper is gaining even more popularity with his new comic book adaptation Preacher. He portrays the main character in the series, Jesse Custer.
Lady Taria — Ruth Negga
[Lady Taria is] the Queen of the Kingdom of Azeroth when the orcs first attacked & the wife of King Llane Wrynn I.
Ruth Negga is another star of the new show Preacher, alongside Cooper. Also like Cooper, Negga has a stake in the MCU, though hers is a much darker route than that of Howard Stark. In the ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Negga played the evil Inhuman Raina. You might not recognize the actress by name, but her acting résumé includes a rather impressive list of television shows and miniseries.
Anduin Lothar — Travis Fimmel
Sir Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth, was the last true descendant of the ancient Arathi bloodline, a knight champion of the Kingdom of Azeroth. He is considered one of the greatest warriors of all time.
Playing the daring knight is Australian actor Travis Fimmel. No stranger to swordplay, he also played Ragnar Lothbrok on the hit television show Vikings. He's also starred alongside Oscar-wining actor Matthew McConaughey in Surfer, Dude and legendary '80s heartthrob Patrick Swayze in A&E's The Beast.
Medivh — Ben Foster
Medivh is widely known in the Warcraft universe as the Last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors with great powers to do battle against the Burning Legion.
Ben Foster has appeared in a diverse range of movies. From superhero flicks, like The Punisher and X-Men: The Last Stand, to the Oscar-nominated Lone Survivor, Foster has proved time and again he has the chops to play whatever he chooses.
Khadgar — Ben Schnetzer
[Khadgar is a] gifted wizard and was accepted as his apprentice by Medivh at the age of 17.
The other Ben starring in the film, Schnetzer is one of the newer actors to join the world of Warcraft. He's had small roles in several movies, and played the character of Andrew on the short-lived TV show Happy Town. However, since Khadgar is such a young character, casting a newbie might prove to be a smart move.
Garona Halforcen — Paula Patton
Garona Halforcen [is] a strong-willed orc-draenei survivor caught between the Alliance and the Horde. Believing she is half-human and half-orc, she must decide where her true loyalty lies.
Since Garona's loyalty lies between the two factions, and the two species, Garona could really be classified under either section. Paula Patton has about two-dozen acting credits to her name, though she is most famous for playing Jane Carter in Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Aside from her Mission Impossible part, Paula hasn't had too many noteworthy roles, though perhaps Warcraft will help her cement bigger roles in the future.
On the other side of the war, we have the faction of the Orcs. These grotesque creatures actually hail from a different planet before being brought to the humans' planets by demons.
Durotan — Toby Kebbell
Durotan is the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, battling to save his people and his family from extinction.
Toby Kebbell played Victor Von Doom in last year's Fantastic Four, and he played the villain Koba in 2014's summer blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Clearly, Kebbell is a dab hand at portraying the villain. But is Durotan truly the villain in Warcraft, or is he simply trying to do what he believes is right?
Orgrim — Robert Kazinsky
Orgrim Doomhammer [is] a Blackrock orc who is Durotan's best friend. Extraordinarily cunning and tactically brilliant, Orgrim is a brave warrior destined to wield the Doomhammer, a weapon of Blackrock legend.
The English actor is best known for his role as Macklyn Warlow on True Blood, and before that as bad boy Sean Slater on long-running British soap EastEnders. Kazinsky has few credits to his name, yet the shows he has appeared in have been rather well received.
Blackhand — Clancy Brown
Blackhand is the Warchief of the Blackrock Clan and became the first Warchief of the Horde. His second in command is Orgrim Doomhammer.
Clancy Brown is by far the single most accomplished actor in the entire movie, perhaps most memorably appearing as the Kurgan in '80s classic Highlander. With a whopping 246 acting credits to his name, there is no way you haven't heard his voice before. Why do I specifically mention his voice? Clancy is also a voice actor. He has voiced some of the most classic characters in recent memory, such as Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants. He's voiced so many characters in so many shows that it would be impossible to name them all, so instead check out this link.
Gul’dan — Daniel Wu
[Gul'dan is an] orc Shaman that became the first Warlock and, with an insatiable lust for power, convinced most of the Orc clans to drink demon blood so that they would become more powerful.
Daniel Wu is another very accomplished actor, known for his roles in Europa Report, One Nite in Mongkok and Protégé. He is most renowned for his work in Asian films like Mo Jing, for which he was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor, and Sei Dai Tinwong, for which he won two awards for Best Director.
And that concludes our introductions to the Warcraft cast. Some of these actors have cemented themselves as solid performers in Hollywood, while others are just now starting to find their footing on the ladder. Nonetheless, the impressive cast, full of newcomers and seasoned veterans, will be bringing some of the most iconic characters from the Warcraft franchise to life. Which character are you most excited to see in the film? Let us know in the comments below!
Warcraft hits US theaters on Friday, June 10.
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