Warcraft (film)

Warcraft (alternatively known as Warcraft: The Beginning)[4] is a 2016 American action fantasy film based on the video game series of the same name. Directed by Duncan Jones and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, it stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, and Daniel Wu. The film follows Anduin Lothar of Stormwind and Durotan of the Frostwolf clan as heroes set on opposite sides of a growing war, as the warlock Gul'dan leads the Horde to invade Azeroth using a magic portal. Together, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war and restore peace.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byDuncan Jones
Written by
Based onWarcraft
by Blizzard Entertainment
Produced by
CinematographySimon Duggan
Edited byPaul Hirsch
Music byRamin Djawadi
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) (Le Grand Rex)
  • June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10) (United States)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$160 million[2]
Box office$439 million[3]

The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership between Legendary Pictures and the game's developer, Blizzard Entertainment.[5] Warcraft premiered in Paris on May 24, 2016, and was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016.[6] Though it was a domestic failure[7] and received generally negative reviews from critics, the film managed to gross $439 million worldwide making it the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.

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