Fresh off of his triumphant retcon out of the X-universe, Ben Foster is now talking about his next big foray into geek territory: Warcraft. As you likely know, Ziggy Stardust’s son is directing a big screen adaptation of the World of Warcraft game, and Foster is pretty excited about what’s happening with the production.
“What’s exciting about Duncan Jones’ take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me,” he told IGN. “It’s not just a video game turned into a movie. It’s asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?”
And what of his character? Who’s the former Angel going to be playing in this new, fantastical cinematic universe?
“The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer,” the actor says. “He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.“
Ah, yes. The old, “retired lawman is pulled back into the world he was done with” trope. Could be cool.
Foster is also pretty convinced that we’re going to geta true feast for the eyes with this film, thanks to ILM’s state-of-the-art effects. And, considering filming wrapped last week and the movie doesn’t come out for another two years, it’s safe to say that the effects should be polished and dazzling.
“The way that they’re pushing motion-capture — I just saw some of the test footage — it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It’s going to be one helluva 3D event.“
Warcraft is slated to arrive in theaters on March 11, 2016.