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Warcraft: The Beginning,[1][18] or just "Warcraft", is a movie directed by Duncan Jones, produced by Legendary Pictures, and distributed by Universal Pictures. It began filming at the beginning of 2014, has a release date of May 30, 2016 in the UK,[14] and a June 10, 2016 release date in the United States.[16] AMC and IMAX are running a promotion that will allow US moviegoers to see the movie early on June 8, 2016 at select AMC/IMAX 3D theaters.[19] However, the world premiere will likely be in Paris on the night of May 24, 2016.[20][21][22] Several early release dates (with a few after June 10th) are listed in IMDB, but since they aren't sourced and don't match other official sources, they should be viewed with skepticism.[23]

Release dates Edit

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Icon-usa-22x22 USA: June 10
Icon-china-22x22 China: June 8
Icon-britain-22x22 UK: June 3[24]
Empty Icon Egypt: May 27[24]
Icon-france-22x22 France: May 25[24]
Empty Icon   World Premiere
Icon-germany-22x22 Germany: May 26[24]
Icon-italy-22x22 Italy: June 1[24]
Icon-portugal-22x22 Portugal: June 9[24]
Icon-russia-22x22 Russia: May 26[24]
Empty Icon South Africa: June 17[24]
Icon-spain-22x22 Spain: June 3[24]
Empty Icon Turkey: June 3[24]
Empty Icon Australia: Jun 16[25]
Empty Icon New Zealand: Jun 16[26]
Icon-eu-22x22 Austria: May 27[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Belgium: June 1[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Czech Republic: June 9[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Denmark: May 26[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Finland: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Greece: June 9[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Hungary: May 26[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Iceland: May 27[24]
Empty Icon Israel: June 9[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Netherlands: June 9[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Norway: May 27[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Romania: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Sweden: May 27[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Switzerland: May 25[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Bulgaria: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Croatia: June 16[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Cyprus: June 23[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Estonia: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Latvia: May 27[24]
Empty Icon Lebanon: May 26[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Lithuania: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Poland: June 10[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Serbia: June 9[24]
Empty Icon & Montenegro
Icon-eu-22x22 Slovenia: May 26[24]
Empty Icon UAE: May 26[24]
Icon-eu-22x22 Ukraine: June 6[24]

Synopsis Edit

Official synopsis Edit


Known lore elements Edit


Possible elements Edit

Though little specific has been revealed about the content of the movie, it is reportedly set at the time of events leading into the First War. The story focuses on the war between the orcs and humans, capturing each side's way of thinking and delving into their varied and sometimes identical ideals. Sir Anduin Lothar plays a prominent role for the humans, while the orcs' main driving character is reportedly Durotan, the father of Thrall.

Since it is set at some point during the First War, there are some plot points that can be expected - though it remains to be seen how strongly the writers have stuck to canon:

  • The corruption of the orcs.
  • Medivh and the creation of the Dark Portal.
  • The invasion of Azeroth by the orcs.
  • Durotan and Gul'dan at odds with one another. Durotan is a being of honor and stands against the corruption and invasion, while Gul'dan has accepted the promises of Sargeras and his agents unquestioningly.
  • The Frostwolf clan is exiled.
  • Blackhand betrayed by Orgrim Doomhammer who becomes the new Warchief.
  • The destruction of Stormwind Keep and various human settlements.
  • Sir Anduin Lothar leading the exodus of the human survivors.

There are a number of characters that may make an appearance in the movie since they appeared at some point during this time period. For the human side of things we might see Adamant Wrynn III and his wife Varia (briefly), and perhaps even Aedelas Blackmoore, depending on if the entirety of the First War is played out.

For the orcs, any of the warlords featured in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor are possible, but how large a part those beyond the ones mentioned above is still a mystery. Some have said they saw Ner'zhul in the trailer.

Cast and crew Edit

Crew Edit

Director - Duncan Jones[2][3]
Executive Producer - Stuart Fenegan[3][3][6][5]
Executive Producer - Jillian Share[6][5]
Executive Producer - Brent O'Connor[6][5]
Executive Producer - Mike Morhaime (Blizzard)[5]
Executive Producer - Paul W. Sams (Blizzard)[5]
Co-Producer - Rob Pardo (Blizzard)[5]
Co-Producer - Chris Metzen (Blizzard)[5]
Co-Producer - Nicholas S. Carpenter (Blizzard)[27][5]
Co-Producer - Rebecca Steel Roven[5]
Producer - Charles Roven[3][6][5]
Producer - Alex Gartner[3] (Atlas Entertainment)[6][5]
Producer - Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures)[3][6][5]
Producer - Jon Jashni (Legendary Pictures)[3][6][5]
Writer - Duncan Jones[6][5]
Writer - Charles Leavitt[3][5]
Visual Effects Director - Bill Westenhofer[28][12][27]
    Visual Effects Supervisor (ILM) - Jeff White[29][30]
Animation Supervisor - Hal Hickel[30]
VFX Supervisor - Jason Smith[30]
Visual Effects Art Director - Christian Alzmann[30]
Music Composer - Ramin Djawadi[11]
Cinematography - Simon Duggan[12]
Production Designer - Gavin Bocquet[31]
Costume Designer - Mayes Rubeo[12][29]
Set Decorator - Elizabeth Wilcox[32]
Movement Coach - Terry Notary[33]
Stunts and Orc Mo-cap assist - Daniel Cudmore[33]
Blizzard Concept Artist - Wei Wang[34]

Cast Edit

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Not confirmed
Early eliminated

Development history Edit

2006 - 2008 Edit

In a May 9, 2006 press release, Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (makers of Batman Begins and 300) announced that they will develop a live-action film set in the Warcraft universe.[48] Legendary Pictures has acquired the movie rights for the game universe, and both companies are now focused on translating the Warcraft experience to the big screen. Uwe Boll attempted to apply for the job of director, from which Blizzard CEO Paul Sams replied "We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you."[49] At BlizzCon 2008, according to Mike Morhaime, a script was being written.[50] Chris Metzen mentioned that the film will be action-packed and violent, stating "We're definitely not going to make a G or a PG version of this. It's not PillowfightCraft."[51]

2009 - 2011 Edit

The live-action film was set for release in 2009,[51] but was later rescheduled to 2011.[52] On July 22, 2009, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Sam Raimi would become the Warcraft movie director, but in July 2012 he told Crave Online that he would not direct due to committing to the movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.[53]

In 2010 it was announced that Filipina cosplay goddess Alodia Gosengfiao would likely star in the movie,[54][55] but this was never confirmed by any official sources.

2012 Edit

As of early 2012, the movie has still not been announced to be in production, so the chances of it being made are getting lower by the year. At Comic Con 2011, Chris Metzen said the movie was not dead, but gave few useful details saying it was still in the "treatment stage".[56] In mid-March 2012, Nethaera said the movie is "still on the radar" with no other update.[57]

According to IMDB, the manuscript writer will be Chris Metzen. (Jesse Wigutow was mentioned, but has been removed).[58] IMDB information on pre-release movies should be taken as suspect, though. IMDB generally only removes false information if someone reports it.

2013 Edit

Not much happened through late 2012, but in late January 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that director Duncan Jones had been attached to the production,[3] sparking some hope the filming might start. No specific development news has come out so far in Spring 2013, but lots of indirect evidence of film production has cropped up. However, previous Director, Sam Raimi, did explain why he left the project in 2013. He revealed that a lot of pre-production work was done by him and Robert Rodat (script writer), but Blizzard effectively vetoed their work and he largely blamed it on their mismanagement.[59]

The film now appears to be real with an official announcement and short teaser at Comic-Con 2013.[60] The film is supposed to begin principal photography some time in early 2014.[61]

Comic-Con teaser Edit

A very short visual teaser for the film was introduced by current director, Duncan Jones, at San Diego Comic-Con.[60] Here is a brief description of the teaser which was not released to the public:[62]

A view of a desolate, dry landscape full of rocky outcroppings that pans to a scruffy, armored human soldier drinking water from a leather skin. A cage with rocks in it is shown followed by a squeaking noise as a green tinged sky is shown with dark clouds and green lightning. The waterskin is tossed to the ground and the soldier draws his sword with a sound of metal ringing off metal. The human walks over to the skeleton a fallen soldier and picks up the soldier's shield. He smashes his sword on the shield, apparently testing it. Cut to the muscled green arm (likely of an orc) of a creature heading toward the soldier. They circle each other with flashes of green skin and some armor as they charge each other. An extreme closeup of the orc as it raises its hammer and brings it down as the human raises his shield. Cut to black. A Warcraft logo. And then the Blizzard Entertainment logo.

Officially announced to release in late 2015 Edit

It has been announced to be released on December 18, 2015.[6]

Official release pushed to spring 2016 Edit

Apparently the next installment of the Star Wars franchise was scheduled for late 2015, so it apparently prompted the studio to move the Warcraft film release to March 16, 2016.[16]

Official release delayed now to summer 2016 Edit

The reasons were not specifically given (perhaps to take advantage of traditional action movie summer season), but the studios delayed the release again to June 10, 2016.[63][64]

Significant casting lined up Edit

By early December 2013, several cast members have been confirmed or mostly confirmed. Among them: Travis Fimmel ('Vikings'), Paula Patton ('Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'), Ben Foster ('3:10 to Yuma'), Toby Kebbell ('The Counselor'), and Rob Kazinsky ('Pacific Rim'). Negotiations with Dominic Cooper ('Captain America: The Winter Soldier') are also being finalized.

Financing and distribution Edit

According to the LA Times: "...Universal, a unit of NBCUniversal, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014..."[65]

2014 Edit

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Legendary Pictures began production on the film on January 13th, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada which spanned up to 5 months as Director Duncan Jones announces Warcraft film officially wrapped on May 23, 2014.

2015 Edit

On April 23, 2015 Legendary Pictures announced release date changes for Warcraft to move from March 11th, 2016 to June 10th, 2016.[16] Although not officially announced by the studio, the changes were most likely made to avoid the March 25, 2016 release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

A prequel graphic novel, Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood, was announced as in the works on July 9, 2015,[66] but with not much followup until April 2016.

The official trailer was announced to be released on November 6, 2015.[67] It debuted during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2015.[68]

There was no general movie panel, but WoWWiki got to cover the press-only movie panel that began with a re-screening of the trailer for press only.

2016 Edit

In early February 2016, Universal UK, the UK distributor, announced the UK release date for the movie would move up to May 30th, 2016.[14] No reasons were given, but some have speculated it is to coincide with the Spring Bank holiday which falls on May 30th.[69]

In an interview with Australia's FilmInk, Duncan Jones hinted that he was trying to get a cameo done with Chris Metzen.[70]

An official TV Spot (#1) was released January 24th, 2016[71] and a second one (#2) on March 17th, 2016.[72] An apparent Twitter video exclusive trailer was posted March 19th, 2016.[73]

In May 2016, Universal announced that it would not restrict which theaters Warcraft could play in across the U.S., basically ending a practice called "distributor clearance" which was more like exclusivity agreements with certain theater chains in certain regions.[74]

Warcraft movie promotion Edit

Main article: Warcraft movie promotion

Previously called "World of Warcraft: Ultimate Movie Edition", the promotion became official on May 17. 2016.[75] The only US theater chains participating are from the Regal Entertainment Group: Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theaters, and Edwards Theaters.[75] Unfortunately, some of the larger theater chains (AMC, Cinemark, and Cineplex) in the US and Canada don't appear to be participating.[75] Also, it appeared that only Brazil was including 30 days of free game time,[75] but Blizzard sources supposedly said it will be for all recipients.[76] Promotional period varies by country and theater chain.


  • Alliance and Horde transmog items for players who log in from May 25 and August 1.
  • Digital copy of World of Warcraft (presumably includes up through 0600Warlords-Logo-Small).
  • 30 days of free game time.[76]
  • Regal Crown Club-only: The opportunity to enter to win two tickets to BlizzCon 2016.

World of Warcraft: Ultimate Movie Edition Edit

In early February 2016, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of a survey appearing to be from Blizzard asking about interest in a World of Warcraft "Ultimate Movie Edition" promotion,[77] that was later verified as legitimate by a blue post.[78] It's not clear how much work has progressed on this promotion or whether it will appear at all.

WCMovieReward Survey screenshot from MMOChampion

Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Edit

IGN reported that Legendary will publish graphic novel called Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood as a prequel story to the movie.[79]

Movie bonuses mostly confirmed Edit

A Belgian/French movie theater chain, Kinepolis, apparently informed the Warcraft fan site,, that movie tickets from them will include a code to unlock transmogs, access to digital download of World of Warcraft through the 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor expansion, and 1 month free game time.[80] The code should be emailed in mid to late May 2016.[81] Until details come from other sources, including a US source, this info may not apply globally.

Pre-release in US at AMC/IMAX 3D theaters Edit

AMC and IMAX are pre-releasing the movie in select theaters in the US as part of a promotion for IMAX 3D.[19] More theaters were added on May 19, 2016.[82]

Here is the list of select locations:[83][84][82]

  • Harkins Arizona Mills 25 (Tempe)Added
    (online tickets coming soon)
  • AMC Century City 15 (Los Angeles)
  • AMC Metreon 16 (San Francisco)
  • Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26Added
  • AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (Los Angeles)
  • Cinemark 22 (Lancaster)Added
    (online tickets coming soon)
  • Buckland Hills 18 (Manchester)Added
  • Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 (Orlando)Added
  • Regal Kendall Village Stadium 16 (Miami)Added
  • Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 (Atlanta)Added
  • AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 (Chicago)
  • AMC Town Center 20 (Kansas City)
  • AMC Loews Boston Common 19
  • Ann Arbor 20 (Ypsilanti)Added
  • AMC Town Centre 20 (Leawood)Added
New Jersey
  • AMC Garden State 16 (Paramus)
New York
  • AMC Empire 25 (Manhattan)
  • UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 (King of Prussia)
  • Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 (Nashville)Added
  • Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 (Knoxville)Added
  • AMC Gulf Pointe 30 (Houston)
  • AMC NorthPark 15 (Dallas)
  • AMC Tysons Corner 16 (Washington, D.C.)
  • AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16 (Seattle)

Reception Edit

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Reception of the film by professional critics has been largely negative with most reviews being below average. As of the worldwide premiere on May 25, 2016, Metacritic gave the movie 32/100[85] and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 38%,[86] but with less than 10 reviews counted so far.

Media Edit

Images Edit

Tumblr movie posters Edit

May 2016 Visits to ILM Edit

Mostly from and /FILM.

May 2016 Press Set Tour Edit

Mostly from Icon-twitter-22x22 @ManMadeMoon.

On set photos Edit

Mostly from Icon-twitter-22x22 @ManMadeMoon.

Misc Edit

Fan images Edit

Icon-twitter-22x22 @QuassRPG character promo JPGs
Icon-twitter-22x22 @QuassRPG meet the heroes GIFs
Icon-twitter-22x22 @QuassRPG zone promo GIFs
Still looking for GIFs for Redridge and Stormwind City.

PAX East 2016 Edit

From Icon-twitter-22x22 @ManMadeMoon (Duncan Jones).

Legendary's Warcraft Experience in China Edit

From Icon-twitter-22x22 @QuassRPG.

Joy City mall (Chengdu, China) Edit

Sample character descriptions?

Screen captures from official teaser Edit

BlizzCon 2015 Edit

Empire magazine, Dec 2015 - Apocalypse WoW Edit

SDCC 2015 Edit

Circa BlizzCon 2014 Edit

Props seen at BlizzCon 2014

SDCC 2014 Edit

Circa BlizzCon 2013 Edit

Videos Edit

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Universal UK

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Legendary Pictures

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BlizzCon 2015


Icon-youtube-22x22 BackstageOL
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PAX East 2016
Fan videos 2016
SDCC 2015
Duncan Jones io9 interview
Fan videos 2015
Fan videos 2014

Review videos

Fan reviews

Notes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The teaser released in November 2015 actually used the old flatter, silver-metallic logo from 2014, but they appear to have updated it right away.


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