‘Warcraft’ casting rumors: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, and more

World of Warcraft

Moon director Duncan Jones is set to start shooting Warcraft in January 2014, and the names of a number of potential cast members is now out in the wild, via Deadline. Colin Farrell (Total Recall remake) and Paula Patton (2 Guns) are reportedly both up for lead roles, with an offer out to the former and negotiations currently underway for the latter. There’s also a short list of actors for a number of other lead roles, including Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Travis Fimmel (History Channel’s Vikings), and Anson Mount (AMC’s Hell on Wheels). 

There’s no indication of which role each actor is potentially slated for, nor has there been any hint thus far as to the focus of the story in Charles Leavitt’s (Blood Diamond) script. Unconfirmed reports have claimed that the plot will be based on the novel Warcraft: The Last Guardian, but all we really know is that Jones’ take on Activision Blizzard’s World of Warcraft MMO is due for release in 2015.

Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was originally on board to helm Warcraft, with a script from Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat. Raimi eventually left due to creative differences – Blizzard reportedly wasn’t fond of the story treatment he and Rodat put together – and Jones was brought in to replace him. Jones has seen a decent amount of success from his work on Moon and Source Code, but a successful Warcraft could launch him in among Hollywood’s elite blockbuster-smiths.

Video games have a somewhat crummy history when it comes to big screen adaptations, but Jones continues to be an ideal choice to helm one of the upcoming films based on games that shows real promise. A self-professed gamer geek, he can frequently be found on Twitter talking up the latest release or chiming in with his own thoughts on industry-wide conversations. He’s the rare mix of filmmaker who also “gets” video games, one of a younger breed that we’ll be seeing more and more from in Hollywood in the coming years.

What do you think of these casting choices, WoW fans? Which characters in the series canon do you think each actor might fit best for?

Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Movies & TV

'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser reveals the new episodes' titles

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (December 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Gaming

Nintendo pulls the plug on making more SNES Classic, NES Classic systems

Nintendo extended production of the NES Classic and SNES Classic into 2018, but once the current supply of consoles is gone, the company won't be making more. Instead, you'll have to use Nintendo Switch Online.
Gaming

Fancy ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ PlayStation 4 Pro launches alongside game in January

A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III will launch alongside the game in January. The system included has a special design on the side, as does the controller.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.
Gaming

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.