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SDCC 2015: ‘Warcraft’ Character Art and Synopsis Released

The long-awaited “Warcraft” film may still be nearly a year away, but Legendary Pictures is making sure that us fans are well aware of it by the time it comes out. What better time to do that, than during San Diego Comic Con, the geek holiday of the year?

Up until now, we’ve had a vague idea of what the story would be about–a conflict between the Orcs and humans, and their first meeting. We also knew what characters Lothar and Durotan would be taking center stage: Durotan from the Orc front, and Lothar from the human front.

Now, courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, we have a synopsis of what to expect, as well as some pretty stellar character art.

The press release/synopsis from Legendary and Universal is as follows:

“From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes ‘Warcraft,’ an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon. 

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.  As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.  From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. 

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Directed by Duncan Jones (‘Moon,’ ‘Source Code’) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.

The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan.  Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers.  Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce.  ‘Warcraft’ will be released by Universal Pictures.

I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of the “Warcraft” series, but I have to say, this synopsis has me excited. It’s not the source material or the epic scale that has me intrigued, but the idea of “everyone fighting for something.” It’s common knowledge that war is never black-and-white.

As nice as it is onscreen for us to see something that’s very clearly good or evil, it’ll be refreshing to see Orcs as onscreen protagonists. Audiences aren’t dumb, and the “Warcraft” film could be an especially rewarding and heartbreaking tale when two equally-honorable leads clash on the big screen.

“Warcraft” hits theaters on June10, 2016. Are you excited to see what becomes of it. If you are, are you a fan of the game series? Let us know below!

Source: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures

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