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Warcraft movie: Duncan Jones on board, Johnny Depp rumoured

Thursday, 31st January 2013 01:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Warcraft’s long-awaited film adaptation has been linked to two big names – actor Johnny Depp and Moon director Duncan Jones.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Jones, whose credits include indie sci-fis Moon and Source Code, has signed on to direct the Legendary Pictures movie.

Jones half-confirmed the news himself on Twitter.

“So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I’ve always said its possible. Got to DO it now,” he said.

The generally reliable site follows with word that Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Charles Leavitt wrote the script, which is being kept very hush-hush, and filming is expected to begin in northern autumn 2013 for a 2015 release.

Warcraft will be Jones’s first big-budget Hollywood production, with an estimated bill of $100 million overshadowing Source Code’s $35 million – but it’s an opportunity he’s been chasing for a long time. The director is a passionate gamer (just tune into his Twitter sometime) and confessed himself “hugely jealous” of former director Sam Raimi, who left the project to work on Oz.

Less certain is word that Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands star Johnny Depp may take a role in Blizzard’s film.

Tracking Board is the sole source of the rumour and gives no further details.

Thanks, IGN.

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  1. Erthazus

    Johnny Depp? LOL.

    He is going to be Orc?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ballz

    no uwe boll? i am dissapoint

    #2 1 year ago
  3. John117

    I wonder how voice acting will be considering Jaina, Thrall, Wrynn and alot of other iconic characters have unique voices. And what storyline have they chosen? :/ There is alot of lore to choose from, though hoping for a remake of the original Warcraft series when the Orcs attack Azeroth with Medivh’s help. That would be legendary imo. And Johnny Depp could totally pose as Medivh who at that time is pretty corrupted by a evil titan.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Judicas

    I absolutely love Johnny Depp but in a warcraft movie… no, oh god, please noooooo!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. xXNapsterManXx

    Oh i can see johnny depp being a Elf or maybe he wil rock some heavy makeup and be an insane Orc or Goblin.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Sini

    It’s pretty obvious if he is on board it won’t be as a minor character, so Illadin or some other emo kid isn’t out of the question.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. GwynbleiddiuM

    Johnny Depp will make a great Vol’jin.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Daodan

    @3: Actually Thrall and Varian Wrynn are voiced by the same dude, Chris Metzen, SVP of Blizzard. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard to get him around to record some lines.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. silkvg247

    Depp would make a fabulous blood elf. He’s good at camping it up.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. viralshag

    I just don’t think this will ever happen.

    #10 1 year ago