The first official trailer for the Warcraft movie is now out in the wild, and it’s everything the fans of the video game franchise wanted and more, Variety reports.
Universal and Legendary Pictures launched the Warcraft movie trailer Friday at the 2015 Blizzcon in Anaheim, drawing loud cheers and whoops from the video game franchise’s legion of fans.
The Warcraft movie, which will be based on the plot of the original video game released in 2004, is slated for cinematic release on June 10, 2016. The movie was originally scheduled to hit the cinemas on Christmas Day, but when Disney announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on December 18, Universal and Legendary Pictures decided to move the movie’s release date to next summer.
The cast for the Warcraft movie includes Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster, Ruth Negga, Daniel Wu and Paula Patton.
The official plot for the movie is as follows.
“Helmed by Duncan Jones, the story is set in the peaceful realm of Azeroth, which 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.”
Warcraft is undoubtedly one of the most popular video game franchises in video gaming history, with millions of gamers around the world playing the epic fantasy game for hours too many to count. Since Blizzard Entertainment released the World of Warcraft as an MMORPG in 2004, the Warcraft franchise continued to increase in popularity worldwide over the years. Today, Warcraft is the largest subscription-based MMORPG in the world.
Given the level of anticipation among World of Warcraft fans, and from those who have some tangential knowledge of the popular MMORPG video game franchise, the Warcraft movie is expected to become a major hit once it hits theaters. The Warcraft trailer, for one, is chock full of eye candy, with cinematic flourishes that highlight Azeroth’s sweeping landscapes, the volcanic Orc homeland, verdant forests, and fantastical creatures. Men in gleaming armor and fearsome Orcs abound, not to mention savage battle scenes, became Warcraft‘s bread and butter.
And, as seen from the trailer, expect a lot of CGI. The CGI is perhaps the trailer’s crowning achievement, for the way it was executed in the film allowed the environments in the Warcraft world to shine. The realm of Azeroth looked like a veritable paradise, and you got to love the stark contrast it presents against the dilapidated homeland of the Orcs. The Orcs looked exactly like their video game counterparts: hulking, savage, and brutal — but with an intelligence and morality that are lacking from orcs in other fantasy works (Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, for instance). It remains to be seen whether the story’s execution will be as impressive, but the Warcraft movie trailer at least provides the assurance that movie is going to look good.
We now live in a world where how people respond to news is as important as the news itself. The same thing applies to social media. When we see controversial news posted on, say, Facebook, the first thing that most netizens do is read the comments. So, as expected, the release of the Worldcraft movie trailer spawned a myriad of reaction trailers from our hapless citizens over on YouTube. Here’s a compilation of the best Worldcraft movie trailer reaction videos.
Here’s a reaction video from someone who hasn’t played a single Warcraft game.
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