Ben Foster discusses his role in the Warcraft movie

Bits and pieces about the Warcraft movie continue to slip out – today, we’ve learned about a very familiar character set to make an appearance.

X-Men actor Ben Foster will be bringing Warcraft favourite Medivh to life. He spoke recently to IGN about his role in the film – and if you don’t want to know any more than that, read no further: Ben shares some potential spoilers!

The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer.

Medivh as seen in Warcraft RPG source book Shadows & Light

Medivh as seen in Warcraft RPG source book Shadows & Light

He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.

Foster also plays Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic, while fans might recognise him from Six Feet Under, The Mechanic and Alpha Dog.

Medivh is a name well-known to Warcraft fans, but as details on the plot and setting for the film maintain wrapped in secrecy, we’re not entirely sure which form the mage will take. As the last Guardian of Tirisfal, the mage was corrupted even before birth and used by the demon lord Sargeras in his plan to conquer Azeroth. He also returned later – just before the beginning of the third war – as a mysterious prophet who guides the allied mortal races to victory at the Battle of Mount Hyjal.

I…am the reason for the Legion’s return. Years ago, I brought the orcs to this world, and by doing so, I opened a path for the demons as well. For my sins I was murdered by those who I cared for most. Despite my death, war raged across the lands of the east for many years, leaving entire kingdoms devastated in its wake. Now at long last I have returned to set things right. I… am Medivh, The Last Guardian. I tell you now, the only chance for this world is to unite in arms against the enemies of all who live.

-Medivh

Foster explains that the story will display both sides of the Warcraft conflict, as director Duncan Jones creates something that is “not just a video game turned into a movie”.

While the actor reassures fans that his part is not a motion-capture role, but Medivh interacts with a lot of computer-aided characters. “There are a lot of different kinds of creatures in this picture that I interact with,” he says.

I just saw some of the test footage – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It’s going to be one helluva 3D event.

Filming has wrapped on the Warcraft movie, with a cinematic release planned for March 2016.

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