6:50 am - 05/31/2014

Ben Foster reveals his character in the World of Warcraft movie

We spoke one-on-one today with actor Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men: The Last Stand) during which time we chatted about his role in Warcraft, Moon director Duncan Jones' upcoming adaptation of the beloved game. Be advised of some SPOILERS ahead.

"The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer," Foster revealed. "He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle."

Foster continued, "What's exciting about Duncan Jones' take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me. It's not just a video game turned into a movie. It's asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?"

The actor praised visual effects house ILM and the work they've already done on Warcraft. "The way that they're pushing motion-capture -- I just saw some of the test footage -- it's unlike anything I've ever seen. It's performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It's going to be one helluva 3D event."

Foster clarified that Medivh is not a performance-capture character. "No, mine's not, but there are interactions with a lot of characters that are. There are a lot of different kinds of creatures in this picture that I interact with."

Warcraft is slated to hit theaters March 11, 2016.


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existential 31st-May-2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
But is he still w/ Robin Wright? (also i love him ever since Six Feet Under)
wits 31st-May-2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
they're engaged last time i checked
lessthnthree 31st-May-2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
she is so hot.
honeynutcherri 31st-May-2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I love this man.
carolinga 31st-May-2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see this take on Medivh. Karazhan is still my favorite raid.
labhaoise 31st-May-2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
Is he the guy responsible for the dark portal
yondaime8893 31st-May-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yes and bringing the orcs to Azeroth
fruitchews 31st-May-2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I was a healy tree back then. rip Kara~
shadwrayvn 31st-May-2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I love Kara stupid effing mount still hasnt dropped for me
okapi_power 31st-May-2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Same. Loved the harpiscord background music
missyxxmisch 31st-May-2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
aww you deserve better.
ofmortallove 31st-May-2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
ahh he came into the shop I work in! Didn't realize it was him for a bit. He is so sweet and shy!
dinosaur 31st-May-2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
he'll always be tucker james to me :3
yr_into_it 31st-May-2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
was that show called flash forward? that's literally all i came here to say.
dinosaur 31st-May-2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
hurtslikesanta 31st-May-2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
To me, he'll always be the guy that dropped a log, on the carpet, in Alpha Dog.
jonghyunf 31st-May-2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
WoW has some of the most interesting lore compared to most video games so it better not disappoint!
itsplasticlove 31st-May-2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
whew he looks unfortunate.
klmnumbers 31st-May-2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm tentatively excited for this film. I think Ben is a great actor, and Duncan Jones has only made great films. But I feel like it could still end up being utter trash.. I'll still probably go.

In World of Warcraft news, I can't believe the beta isn't out yet. We're going to be doing SoO for over a year..

Edited at 2014-05-31 02:06 pm (UTC)
taecish 31st-May-2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
i'm excited to see how it turns out. the cast and crew are great.

the only thing holding it back is that the general consensus is that video game movie=bad, which is a fair thing to think based on the usual quality of them
klmnumbers 31st-May-2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah same. I just worry they're either going to go the comically dark/ridiculous route (a la Uwe Bolle -however you spell his name) OR comically.. comical a la Dungeons and Dragons.

I think people try to hard to make video games movies referential to the game itself rather than just craft a story using the lore of the game.

Duncan Jones is a wonderful filmmaker, and I think he's got a chance to do it right. But I also don't really trust Blizzard not to meddle and be like "we need at least one reference to Gamon, a mechanohog, and someone named Leeroy!!"
_tobedetermined 31st-May-2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
I can't even deal with doing SoO one more time. I really hope WoD will be worth the wait. I really think Blizz is trying to make this the expansion to make WoW HUGE again.

In the meantime, guess I'll try Wildstar...
chaotic_force 31st-May-2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
My guild just has to kill heroic Garrosh and we can take a break... ugh I hate h-Siegemaster so much and I'm just tired of SoO
jo_gaskell 31st-May-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Most people I know are surprised that they haven't released beta yet either. And I'm pretty sure Blizzard was hoping for an early Fall release. That isn't going to happen.

You and your guild can use this time to get every heirloom imaginable. That's what my darlings and I are doing.
fruitchews 31st-May-2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
But it's WoW. I have little faith.
fckyrbdvbsbrh 31st-May-2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
Bless Russell Corwin

r0ck_y0ur_s0ul 31st-May-2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ben Foster. I love him!
chismosa 31st-May-2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
Eugh. I love him.

I've been trying to track down Bang Bang You're Dead for the longest time.

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francesbcobain 31st-May-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
bb pls don't do this movie tho
taecish 31st-May-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
filming is already finished and it's in post-production
francesbcobain 31st-May-2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Noooooooo. brb inserting myself into Ben's so I can make sure he never makes a mistake like this again and make sure he NEVER works with Marky Mark again.

Edited at 2014-05-31 04:15 pm (UTC)
roxiful 31st-May-2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
omg are you serious? That was fast.
shadwrayvn 31st-May-2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings for this movie but WoW has such great lore.....I guess I'll just see it & give me opinion after the movie.
violue 31st-May-2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
WoW does have a lengthy and rich story...

that I never paid ANY attention to
shadwrayvn 31st-May-2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
lol dude I have all the lore book & have ben having so much fun playing Heartstone fucking Blizz just keeps getting all my money
jo_gaskell 31st-May-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
They've buried most of this expansions lore behind every daily imaginable or you can only find it in the books.
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