It’s an understatement to say that people love World of Warcraft. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) holds the Guinness World Record for being the most popular game of its kind, and back in 2012, it was reported to have grossed over 10 billion dollars, making it the highest grossing video game of all time.
So yeah, it makes sense that Legendary and Universal are riding pretty, pretty, prettay high on the film adaptation, simply titled Warcraft. They poured at least $100 mil into the production, which was helmed by David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, the young visionary responsible for some of the more intriguing sci-fi fare of the last decade (see: Moon and Source Code).
Those strong eyes are supported by an intriguing cast that includes Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, and Toby Kebbell. Jones and Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt handled the script, which is based on the game (duh) and the accompanying 21 novels that should have proven intimidating to adapt.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Got that? Now watch the trailer…
Warcraft hopes to conquer theaters on June 10th.