A partial list of the cast starring in the upcoming Warcraft movie by Legendary has been revealed at Blizzcon 2014. Those expecting the Brad Pitts, Tom Cruses, and Jennifer Lawrences of the acting world to play their favorite orcs and humans may be a little disappointed by the selection, but that’s not to say the film isn’t going to have star power.
For the Horde! Let’s take a look at the Horde side of the film first. Why choose Horde first? Well, besides my totally unbiased bias toward the greatest faction in Warcraft, the actors playing playing the orcs have their work cut out for them. Unlike the humans who simply play humans over on the Alliance side, the Horde cast had to undergo vigorous training in the way orcs walk and behave.
Rob Kazinsky will be playing Orgrim Doomhammer, who was the Warchief of the Horde during the end of the First War and the Second War. Not only is Kazinsky playing one of the most important orcs in Warcraft history, but he also might be the best man for the job. Why? Well, he is no newbie to the Warcraft franchise. Considering he played a Warrior during Burning Crusade before switching to a Death Knight in Wrath of the Lich King and clocked over 500 days played between the two characters and is in a top 100 guild, I think Orgrim is in very safe hands. As for his acting career, you most likely know him by his role as Macklyn Warlow/Ben Flynn in the fifth and sixth seasons of True Blood. If you aren’t into sucking necks, he also played Chuck Hansen in the Kaiju fan’s wettest dream, Pacific Rim.
Toby Kebbell will be playing Durotan, the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan and the father of Thrall, the future Warchief who brings much needed balance to the Horde. in the film. Most recently, Kebbell played the machine-gun welding Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Kebbell will also be playing Doctor Doom in The Fantastic Four reboot that is currently in post-production. Prior credits include playing Agenor, the main protagonist of Wrath of the Titans and various additional voices in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO. As you can see, Toby Kebbell is no stranger to character roles that rely heavily on understanding the source material to truly flourish in the roles he plays. While it’s hard to look at his face and imagine him impregnating Draka, his background should be enough to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Clancy Brown will be playing Blackhand the Destroyer, who was the Warchief of the Horde during the First War between the Horde and the Alliance city of Stormwind. Well, before he was betrayed by Orgrim. Besides playing Mr. Krab in the upcoming The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and throughout the SpongeBob series, Clancy Brown has a longstanding history voice acting several familiar characters from cartoons and video games alike. Credits include Taskmaster in Ultimate Spider-Man, Uatu the Watcher in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Ricky on Archer, Lex Luthor in the LEGO Batman video games, and Dogpound, Rachzar, and Chris Branford in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Daniel Wu will be playing Gul’dan, a former orcish shaman of the Shadowmoon Clan from Draenor, who became the first orc warlock and founder of the Orcish Horde. With a filmology consisting mainly of foreign films, Wu is a hard one to judge. Once more, it feels like Blizzard must know something about Wu that we don’t, because Gul’dan is one of the most important characters in Warcraft history. If Blizzard thinks he is the man for the job, I guess we have to give him the benefit of the doubt, too!
Paula Patton will be playing the half-orc, half-draenei Garona Halforcen who is an assassin and spymistress. You may know her as Ms. Rain in Precious, Jane Carter in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Deb in 2 Guns. Interesingly enough, her role as Garona will be done completely live action instead of motion capture like the other orcs.
For the Alliance! Just like in the game, the humans of the Alliance have it pretty easy compared to the orcs. But that’s not to say they don’t need good actors to make them standout from the epic nature of the Horde.
Dominic Cooper will play King Llane Wrynn I, who was the ruler of the Kingdom of Azeroth during the First War and the father of the Alliance’s current ruler, King Varian Wrynn. Cooper’s role in the Warcraft movie is one of the upmost importance, so all eyes should be on him. He is most known for roles as Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Henry Sturges as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Dino Brewster in the recent box office flop, Need for Speed. Judging from his filmology, Dominic Cooper is most certainly an underdog with a lot to prove, but I have faith he will do a steller job.
Ben Schnetzer will be playing Khadgar, who was one of the most powerful wizards to have ever lived and one of the greatest heroes of the Alliance during the Second War, as well as a commander of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor. Despite being a sexy beast, Schnetzer’s film credits are shockingly lacking, making me feel as if Blizzard are really gambling on the man. His most recent film credit is playing a spoiled brat in The Riot Club, a movie I doubt any of our readers have ever heard of. His only recurring TV credit is playing Andrew Haplin in the show Happy Town. Granted, I haven’t seen anything he has played in, so he very well may be a wonderful actor who will do the part justice.
Ben Foster will be playing Magus Medivh, the last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion…who was corrupted before birth and possessed by the spirit of the demonlord Sargeras who used Medivh in his plan to conquer Azeroth. Yeah, Foster’s character has some prenatal issues. Previous film and telivision credits of Foster’s include Tucker James on Flash Forward, Eli on Freaks and Geeks, Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand, and William Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings, which is one of my personal favorite films.
Travis Fimmel will be playing Sir Anduin Lothar, the last true descendant of the ancient Arathi bloodline and knight champion of the Kingdom of Azeroth during the First War. Travis Fimmel is mostly know from his role as Rognar Lothbrok on the Vikings television show, as the rest of his credit history is quite sporadic.
Ruth Negga will be playing Lady Taria. Just who is Lady Taria, you ask? Your guess is as good as ours! There is actually no mention of Lady Taria in Warcraft lore, so she very well may be a brand new character created just for the film. However, it is speculated that she might be Llane’s wife and mother to Varian, thus the Queen of Stormwind. Since Llane’s wife has never really been mentioned before, it would make sense for Blizzard to add her in considering the Warcraft film starts at the very beginning of the lore.
Now that you have met some of the main cast staring in the Warcraft film, which side are you rooting for – Horde or Alliance?