Director Duncan Jones brought Azeroth to San Diego’s Comic-Con when he unveiled two major character sculptures from the upcoming live-action fantasy flick Warcraft from Legendary Pictures.
The two characters, Ogrim Doomhammer and King Llane of the Alliance, were revealed on Wednesday’s preview night of the Comic-Con, reports the LA Times. If you’re lucky enough to be in San Diego for the event, you can check out the Warcraft characters at the Legendary panel.
As for revealing the sculpts of the characters to an expectant fan-base, Jones said, “it’s so important we get it right.”
It’s so important that we get it. There’s a huge fan base. ‘Warcraft’ is a game that’s been around for about 20 years now, 10 years as an online game. I’ve been playing it from the very start, being involved in realizing this world and bringing it to film is a unique privilege.
The Huffington Post reports that the unveiling was the first time Jones laid eyes on the special sculpts made for Comic-Con. The project began in 2013 and Jones directed the film from a screenplay he and co-writer Charles Leavitt created.
The movie is based in the fantasy world of Azeroth and tells the early stories of the humans and orcs from the video game franchise.
What did Jones think about the Warcraft sculpts after seeing them for the first time? “They look exquisite and amazing,” said the director.
It’s so cool because we’ve been working on this film for a while now, and the VFX shots have been coming in all the time. They look exquisite and amazing, but to actually see him in person – the physical presence of Ogrim and how thick and huge he is — is really cool (…) The sculpts from Weta are stunning. There is also King Llane and a whole troop of soldiers, which is magnificent. And that’s the armor we used in the film. It is an amazing installation.
Warcraft is slated to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.
In other World of Warcraft news, Blizzard suspended access for many unhappy gamers in Crimea to WoW, Hearthstone, and Diablo 3 to comply with U.S sanctions in April.