Do we know what Warcraft will be about? Do we know what characters, or even what races, will be in it? No. But we know the motherflippin’ Kurgan from Highlander will be there. And that’s perfect.
The Kurgan—known better as the legendary Clancy Brown, who’s recently made my life better as the Ghost Sheriff on Sleepy Holllow—and Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu are the latest to join the video game adaptation, which is being helmed by Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones. Brown and Wu join previously announced cast members Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky, all of whom will be playing… who the hell knows? Might there be a Night Elf in there? Who’s playing a gnome?
Full disclosure: I know diddly about World of Warcraft, and indeed most vidya games. I tried Everquest back in the day and got up to level two, which is quite respectable enough for me, thankyouverymuch. I can spectate a mean game of Mortal Kombat. And I can kick both my brothers’ butts on Uniracers, despite anything they may say to the contrary. So, long story short, I don’t care about a World of Warcraft movie as a World of Warcraft movie.
But… dang. That’s a good cast. You have Chuck Hansen from Pacific Rim and Ragnar from Vikings. Ben Foster’s one of the best, most underappreciated actors out there nowadays (X-Men: The Last Stand was not his fault). Paula Patton is Paula freaking Patton, and if she doesn’t deserve a franchise where she kicks some orc butt then I don’t know who does. There’s a rumor that Dominic Cooper might even join the cast. And Moon was a great movie.
This could either pull a reverse Prince of Persia and surprise us all with how good it is… or it could out-Prince of Persia even Prince of Persia itself. I’m frightened.