For the past few years, Duncan Jones has been focused on a movie that's finally nearing the finish line. He's been to Comic-Con three years in a row to talk about how the movie is coming along, and on Saturday he was finally able to reveal the first footage from the long-awaited Warcraft. Here's what we learned.
1. The Horde Comes to Azeroth!
In the first footage shown from the movie, we get to spend some time with Orgrim Doomhammer, a classic World of Warcraft character who finds himself fighting alongside the warriors led by Gul'dan. We watch as Gul'dan opens a portal to Azeroth and sends the invading Horde through with plans of conquest.
2. It's Not About Good vs. Evil
As big and bad as those orcs are, the Warcraft movie won't be a simplified good-vs-evil conflict. As Khadgar actor Ben Schnetzer put it, it's "about two heroes on a collision course," or as the new posters put it, it's about "Two worlds. One home."
3. Some Warcraft Gamers Made It Into the Film
Rob Kazinsky got real during the panel, revealing that he's put in more than 600 days of play on Warcraft, saying he lost both a relationship and some self-esteem in the process. "It would all be really really sad and pathetic if I wasn't doing this movie, but now I am and it's okay," he said.
Meanwhile Daniel Wu, who plays Gul'dan, doesn't play the game himself, but his wife does. Wu said that when he heard about the audition for the movie he was just about to take a one year hiatus from acting to spend more time with his wife and newborn daughter. So he went to his wife, who didn't want him to act again — until she heard it was for a Warcraft movie. At that point she told him, "You have to f---ing do it!"
4. Clancy Brown Can Do an Orc Voice for Real
Best known for movies such as Highlander and Shawshank Redemption, Clancy Brown is still a large and distinct figure, and he revealed during the panel that he could push his voice down into a low rumbling register and make himself sound like an actual orc.
5. New Character Posters
Posters for a number of new characters, including Medihv, were revealed during the panel. Paula Patton's Garona, with her distinct underbite, was an instant favorite. (See far left in the second image below.)