Warcraft movie actor feeling "quite a lot of pressure"

Dominic Cooper says the Warcraft universe is a "very specific world" and meeting players' expectations won't be an easy task,

Warcraft movie actor Dominic Cooper has spoken out about the "pressure" he feels to deliver a performance worthy of gamers' expectations. In an interview with CVG, Cooper said part of the challenge of acting in the Warcraft movie is that the universe is a "very specific world" that fans already have a deep connection to. Meeting players' expectations won't be an easy task, he said.

"That's scary, because that's a very specific world, so that really does have people who exist in that world and probably live more of their life in that world than they do in the real world, which is terrifying in itself," Cooper said.

"But what that means is there have been people creating that world for many years and it's got a very specific look, and the characters within that, people have already made their minds up about who they are and what they mean to them," he added. "So that's quite a lot of pressure, in that you feel obligated to give the people who have spent the majority of their life playing it what they expect for it."

Cooper recently signed on to appear in the upcoming Warcraft movie from Legendary Pictures and director by Duncan Jones though his role in the movie--and the rest of the cast's-- is unknown.

The Warcraft movie will feature a combination of live-action and CGI--developed by Academy Award winning studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Visual effects supervisor for the film, Bill Westenhofer, described the film's Orcs as "gritty and real," going on to say the movie will come across as "Avatar meets Game of Thrones."

The film will be released on March 11, 2016. It will be launch in 2D and 3D, and will probably be rated PG-13. Blizzard COO Paul Sams recently explained in detail why the Warcraft movie will not fall on its face like other films based on games that have come before it.

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sinnara
sinnara

I have been playing World of Warcraft since beta for 10+ years and I am excited for this film. It has the potential to be epic or it can completely fail. I am hearing all the big boys from Blizzard are on set to make sure it gets done right so IMO, it will be epic. This is their baby and I don't think they will allow us to be disappointed. Anyone who complains about the game or whines about expansions......why are you still playing then? Sadly, the reason why this game isn't as fun as it was is because of the players, not Blizzard. So, all the very best from World of Warcraft, without the annoying players AND Travis Fimmel?? Holy crap, sign me up boss! =D P.S. I'm also a female....yes, girls do play WoW!

tightwad34
tightwad34

That pressure should be somewhat relieved since the game is slowly fading. I know it's still got a ton of players, but it isn't nearly what it used to be. Still imagine there are the die hards that want nothing less than what they see as perfection.

rkeezy
rkeezy

Nice, taking a swipe at gamers. That's the way to get on our good side!

sidzero
sidzero

I still think they should have hired Uwe Boll to make this movie.

deadpen
deadpen

Warcraft movie actor feeling "quite a lot of pressure" Why? From all the death threats to stop making this movie?!

keithy21
keithy21

you get paid millions to talk in front of a camera, I would love that job, quit being a pansy

Fursnake
Fursnake

In the end the Warcraft movie has to at least live up to every cinematic trailer for the game ever, or it fails.

Fursnake
Fursnake

In the end the Warcraft movie has to at least live up to every cinematic trailer for the game ever, or it fails.

mtorre90
mtorre90

Two words: PAULA PATTON...even if the movie bombs (crossing my fingers that it won't and it'll be amazing) but at the very least I get to stare at her for two hours (she is single now lol)

richwalker13
richwalker13

Urgh Warcraft movie... Oooh! Duncan Jones directing!? Now I'm interested

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Seems to me he thinks WoW players a different species than himself.

Barighm
Barighm

I would have been more impressed if they had went with Thrall's story and I liked Raimi's plan of focusing on Arthas. I'm not impressed with Blizzard's lack of interest in those stories. I don't have much faith in this project now. Hopefully I'm wrong.

lbryson8
lbryson8

This movie is going to set so many records... not assuming its going to be good, but with the fan base it already has, its going to make so much money regardless of how good it is (even though I hope its the most epic thing ever)

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

"... people who exist in that world and probably live more of their life in that world than they do in the real world, which is terrifying in itself," True, anyone who plays these games is going to scare the pants off of normal people.

carolino
carolino

he sould pay 60$ to auto-finish the movie

GIF
GIF

The only way to make this movie right and do the intellectual property justice is to make them full CG and make many of them....as in 6-9 of them. Im not big on the idea of making them live action because the already established cartoon-rendered chunky style of World of Warcraft is now gone but I am more positive about the idea knowing ILM is on the case of the special effects and there is complete creative control by Blizzard and cooperation from Legendary

Hurvl
Hurvl

"people who exist in that world and probably live more of their life in that world than they do in the real world" Spending more time in a gaming world than in the real world? That sounds quite unrealistic and like a stereotypical attitude towards fans of a gaming franchise. He better hope those basement-dwelling, fat virgins like his movie then, because otherwise they'll just go back to spending more time in Warcraft than real life.


I see it as a strength that Warcraft is a very specific world, that means there is a lot of background story that you can base the story and acting on. A solid foundation, rather than needing to come up with one yourself which doesn't always turn out better-than-mediocre.

Saladudo
Saladudo

Oh, the preassure! Poor guy, I feel so sorry for him. For one time Hollywood is making the effort to respect and met public wishes and that must be crunching as heck. Tom Cruise was right, acting is harder than being a USMarine in Afghanistan.

fenzl
fenzl

I don't see this as fan service. I don't see this is an attempt at making a good video game movie. I don't see fat virgins in a basement... in fact, most of the WoW players I know are retired military... but I digress. What I do see, is a big budget fantasy film, and I *do* think Hollywood needs to produce more of them. I for one am interested to see what they do with it, and will reserve judgement until after I've seen it.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

How can you feel pressure about making a video game movie?  What video game movie has been any good, ever?  The bar isn't exactly set very high for this movie.  As long as it's something that's somewhat bearable to sit through, Blizzard will break even on the endeavor.  Once the movie starts taking about game mechanics or raids... you can kiss break-even goodbye.

Eza08
Eza08

"so that really does have people who exist in that world and probably live more of their life in that world than they do in the real world, which is terrifying in itself,"


Lol ouch.

motorola29
motorola29

Feeling the pressure because a bunch of fat virgins might not like it? Cmon Cooper

mrcharrio
mrcharrio

All I see in my head, is A bunch of Warcraft Heroes who In reality are nothing more than fat Nerds in a basement, also all the women are played by men.

19James89
19James89

Pressure looking down on me, looking down me...

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Dominic Cooper's Bacon Number is 2.

Happy Kevin Bacon Day!

Gegglington
Gegglington

think the pressure dom's feeling is weather or not he has a career after this comes out

Riddick123
Riddick123

7 or 8 million people are going to be very upset when this is released.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@deadpen Death threats? Why? They should never be justified, but I gotta know why people would do it over a WOW movie.

fillup0
fillup0

@keithy21  It's actually a lot harder than you're making it out to be. As somebody who has acted in a few indie films, I can tell you it's a bitch.

mortalsaw
mortalsaw

@mtorre90 i used to be like you then i saw her boobs in "two guns" movie , Full disclosure 

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Barighm  You can't do a story on Arthas though because Arthas's story is ripped directly from Anakin Skywalker so it's not exactly something we haven't seen before.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@fenzl I thought exactly the same thing, down to the basement-dwelling fat virgins, lol. This is like any movie with a pre-existing fanbase, there have been lots of them during recent years. The fact that there is so much to tell about Warcraft is a good thing.


I don't see any lack of big budget fantasy movies, but perhaps you're thinking of something specific. There aren't many high-fantasy movies perhaps, except The Hobbit.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@Riddick123 nope, don't underestimate fanboyism in WOW community. Most of them will eat any crap as long as it has WOW in it's name.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@yngsten @Saidrex @Riddick123  That's not even addressing how drastically the game has changed with each major patch - paladins aren't even fun to play circa cata, hunters are boring now, monks are just ridiculous, and the raids and quests have all become absurd. You can just run around and grab purples off of the ground in Time Lost Isle for gods sake, so boring.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@yngsten @Saidrex @Riddick123  Not probably, very.  The game hasn't been good since Burning Crusade.  The fact that 7-8 million people still play means theres 7-8 million people who enjoy mediocrity.