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World of Warcraft has been one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most commercially successful games, but director Duncan Jones, believes this film will continue resonating with audiences, no matter how familiar they are with the source material.
The film premiered at The TCL Chinese Theatre, where Jones, who served as Warcraft’s director and writer, was joined by the cast including Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Ben Schnetzer, Ruth Negga, Ryan Robbins and Toby Kebbell on Tuesday.
“For anyone who has played Warcraft for any amount of time, it feels like a real place to them,” Jones told The Hollywood Reporter. “We tried to create an Azeroth that feels like home for those fans. People are really going to feel like it’s a movie that belongs to them.”
The film’s digital effects took center stage at the premiere. “The game is a phenomenon for a reason, and getting to dive into it head first with the resources available that we had, it was amazing to get lost in this world,” said Schnetzer, who added that though the film also used practical sets, “we did a lot of CGI, and that really takes a huge leap of imagination, because you don’t know what it’s going to look like, they’re just telling you ‘monsters are chasing you’ and you really have to try and sell it.”
“For the fans, you just hope that they all come in and dream the same dream and really escape the reality,” said Patton. “It was just fun to be part of the journey, and it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.”
Toby Kebbell, who plays the Orc Durotan, added: “It truly is a film for fans and introducing new fans to this film.”
Warcraft premieres June 10.
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