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'Warcraft' Movie Trailer: Orcs, Humans, and a Lot of CGI

This one's 21 years in the making

Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie and director of Moon and Source Code, has taken on the high-pressure task of tackling the film edition of Warcraft, the strategic computer game that debuted in 1994 and gave a face to massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) in 2004 with World of Warcraft. Today, we've got our first look at the movie, which'll hit theaters June 10, 2016. 

The trailer's fittingly computer-y; Warcraft will either make Avatar very jealous or very derisive. The Orc stuff, which seems like it'll comprise half the plot, looks like an extremely polished version of a video game cutscene. Love that wolf thing that's the size of a moose, though. (Sorry, WoW-heads, I don't know what it is.)

If you're intrigued but confused, here's the official description from Lionsgate's YouTube:

"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."

Warcraft is cowritten by Jones and Charles Leavitt, whose credits include Blood Diamond and K-PAX. Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton are among the recognizable actors.

To close, just wanna take a moment to acknowledge that dudes jumping off cliffs and landing on birds/dragons/mythical beasts is now officially 100 percent played out.


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