1. Warcraft (to be released internationally as Warcraft: The Beginning) is an upcoming 2016 American epic fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Chris Metzen.
2. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth.
3. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin and Clancy Brown.
4. The film portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both sides of the conflict, and will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.
5. The film portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both sides of the conflict, and will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.
6. Filming began on January 13, 2014 and concluded on May 23, 2014. The film is set to be released by Universal Pictures on June 10, 2016.
7. The plot: Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), leader of the humans, and Durotan (Toby Kebbell), leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
8. Filming began on January 13, 2014. On May 23, 2014 filming ended after a 123-day shoot, with twenty months of post-production expected to follow.
9. In October 2014, both Legendary Pictures and Jones hired Ramin Djawadi as the composer for the film.
10. The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015, but following the announcement of the coinciding release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the release was pushed back to the following year.
11. Warcraft has a set release date of June 10, 2016.
12. Director Uwe Boll contacted Blizzard about directing the film, but Blizzard refused. As quoted by MTV news Uwe Boll stated: “I got in contact with Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, ‘We will not sell the movie rights, not to you… especially not to you. Because it’s such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it.”
13. Duncan Jones said that the original script was very one sided in terms of the two factions (horde and alliance), after signing on to direct he made major edits to the story as well as the script so both factions could tell their side of the story.
14. An Orcish dialect was created specifically for the movie.
15. The film went through 20 months of post production. Thomas Tull the CEO of Legendary Pictures and producer of the film said that the things Duncan Jones and the special effects team are doing are truly on the cutting edge.
16. The source for the movie adaptation is being taken from the books “Rise of the Horde”, which tells how the Orcish Horde was formed; as well as “The Last Guardian”, which shows the human side and reaction to Orcish invasion.
17. When a fan asked Duncan Jones where he would be shooting the film during a Blizz-Con Q&A he was not allowed to answer but did hint at the shirt he was wearing that said “Vancouver”(where the film was shot).
18. It took 123 days to complete filming.
19. Blizzard announced a Warcraft film in 2006 the film will now be released in 2016
20. Duncan Jones said that the Warcraft universe is very “High Fantasy” or in other words very eccentric and planned to make it feel more grounded in reality though at the same time keep the look and feel of the games in the film.
21. Lifesize weapons and suits of armour were built for the orcs despite the orcs being played by actors via motion capture. This was mainly for photographic references and so that they could use them as props on the set.
22. Colin Farrell was approached for the role of King Llane and he even met with the director and read the script. Ultimately he was not cast and Dominic Cooper then took the role.
23. At the 2014 Comic-Con, Legendary had brought some weapons from the film to show off as well as a teaser. Fans of the series instantly recognised one of the weapons on display that is commonly known as the Doomhammer (one of the most iconic weapons in the game).
24. Chris Metzen the lead story writer at Blizzard Entertainment and the voice of many key characters in the Warcraft series is also in charge of the story of the film.
25. Terry Notary who portrays Grommash Hellscream is alternatively known for performing orc movements and teaching his co-stars. This was also mentioned by Robert Kazinsky during BlizzCon 2014.
26. Paula Patton is not portraying her character Garona in motion capture despite playing Garona being half Orc.
27. At one point Johnny Depp was interested to star.
28. Robert Kazinsky plays World of Warcraft on his Horde Death Knight (revealed during Blizzcon movie panel).
29. Gary Whitta wrote a script to the film that was scrapped once Sam Raimi took over.
30. Two actors from the film, Ben Foster and Daniel Cudmore, play Angel and Colossus respectively in the X-Men franchise.