A few weeks after the fantasy blockbuster, The Last Witch Hunter, bombed at the box office, director Duncan Jones is hoping fans of the massively popular multiplayer game, World of Warcraft, will support the game’s jump to the big screen — unlike the Vin Diesel vehicle.
The first trailer for Warcraft was released on Friday and offered a glimpse at next year’s massive fantasy epic that will star Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Ben Schnetzer, Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Anna Galvin, and Daniel Wu.
The official synopsis is as follows:
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.
Jones is a talented director with indie darlings Moon and Source Code, but this one looks a little too generic. The world-building is interesting and the spectacle is there, but one has to question whether this will be any different than the other fantasy offerings that have come out recently. Video game movies have always been a let-down and while most film fans are wanting to root for Jones, this doesn’t look that promising.
Warcraft opens in theaters on June 10, 2016.