The World of Warcraft Movie: Why A-List Actors Aren't Needed

Posted Fri, Dec 06, 2013 by Mem

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Even with the release date pushed back almost a year, the World of Warcraft movie is no longer just a fantasy. To further drive that point home, today Legendary and Universal Pictures released a list of confirmed actors that have been signed to play in the movie.


No Big Names Here

As mentioned above, this first glimpse into the actors that will take part in the World of Warcraft movie reveals no big names. Sorry folks, no Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, or Halle Berry here. The actors announced by the studio are:


  • Ben Foster (Six Feet Under)
  • Travis Fimmel (Vikings)
  • Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
  • Toby Kebbel (War Horse)
  • Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim)
  • Dominic Cooper (Captain America)


While many of these actors aren't household names, the movies they have played parts in are. This means that while these actors may not have hit the A-list quite yet, they are good enough to star in feature films alongside some pretty well-respected and talented actors. This is no small feat and speaks worlds for their acting skills. With this in mind, I think we can probably safely say these actors have a good possibility of doing a great job portraying the characters we love. Even if you are still skeptical about these actors and really want to see some big stars, keep in mind that big name actors in a movie like this might be a bit...distracting.


Simply Distracting

One of the downfalls of big name actors is that they are distinctly recognizable to most movie-goers. No matter what character they are playing or how well they are doing it, you can't totally forget who they are. For example, when Johnny Deep plays Captian Jack Sparrow, the acting is superb. However, you still can't help but know in the back of your head that it is Johnny Depp behind the wall of make up and familiar costume.


While this might not seem like a flaw to some, it can be in a movie rooted in total fantasy. You see, much like in the game, the movie is going to need to immerse us in a world of total fiction. The game achieves this by taking us into Azeroth, a world in which the impossible can happen and real life seems very far away. The movie will need to achieve the same thing.


While I would love to see some of my favorite actors take to the screen in the World of Warcraft movie, I think that they would only serve to take me out of the fantasy. Using lesser known actors ensures when I look at their face I see Garrosh, Grom, or Thrall and not Brad, Leonardo, or Angelina. If done right, these people can actually be transformed into the characters we love and we will believe it. And we, the general audience and hardcore WoW fans, need to believe it.


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A Risk Worth Taking?

While big name actors may be considered an on-screen distraction in a movie like this, they still may be asked to play a part. However, many will likely not accept. World of Warcraft is a well known game, however, we all have to admit that creating a movie about it is still risky. There are still plenty of people out there that have never heard about it, or worse, have heard about it and scorn it.


In fact, there are even some fans of the game that are not so sure how a movie will turn out. It could either be a roaring success or a huge flop. Big name actors are going to have the same things on their mind. While it may be easier for them to take the risk and come out unscathed, many will simply choose not to take it on. While I have high hopes for the movie, if things don't go exactly right, this could be a total disaster and many actors may not want to take that chance. Lesser-known actors are usually more willing to jump on board and give risky films a whirl and unleash untapped talent.


Untapped Talent

One of the things big name actors are famous for is giving epic performances and of course, we all want that for the World of Warcraft movie. In fact, we NEED that for the movie. While many may disagree, I feel that there is a ton of untapped talent in many unknown actors. Maybe they are just trying harder to get noticed, but I've seen some pretty memorable performances by actors that wouldn't be recognized by the general public. In fact, sometimes I even feel like A-List actors have stopped trying as hard to make their roles believable, at least in some cases.


This is why I believe that this movie will be just fine with all these unknowns. Just because they haven’t had their big break yet doesn’t mean they won't give a performance that will make us laugh, cry, and feel like we are living the story right beside them.


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It Ain't Over Yet

With all that being said, it ain't over yet. The list above is just a small sample of the actors expected to make it into the World of Warcraft movie. Speculation and rumors can be found all over the internet as to who will be getting a part in the film and no actor has been left out. Until more names are released officially, we won't know for sure who managed to snag a part, but I wouldn't count out your favorite A-lister yet. There is still plenty of time and plenty of open roles and who knows, they just might be filled with some big names (Colin Farrell?).


As I may or may not have made clear earlier, I am totally fine with the lack of well known actors showing up in this film. In fact, I would rather it be a bunch of unknowns. I want to get lost in the world and really feel like these characters are who they are supposed to be, without the distraction of a well-known face. I also feel that many lesser known actors are often as good, if not better, than some of the big names out there. I feel like we can With that being said, even if a big actor makes the cut, I'll still be seeing the film and will still be hoping for the best.


Do you think the movie will be better off without well known actors? Will some actors shy away from the movie based on it's unusual content? Which actors do you hope will appear on screen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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