By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com December 4, 2013 at 7:48PM
It was only a matter of time before Duncan Jones entered the blockbuster world. His debut "Moon" managed a huge amount with a fairly slim budget, he stepped up to a bigger canvas effectively with "Source Code," and he's been linked with big projects like "The Wolverine," "Man Of Steel" and "Catching Fire" over the last few years. But the helmer, a keen videogamer, was finally lured to the megabudget world by "Warcraft," Legendary's adaptation of the popular series of fantasy video games.
Another epic full of orcs and goblins and elves isn't the most immediately enticing prospect, but Jones' involvement is enough to ensure that we'll be interested, and he's justified our faith with some promising casting choices for the project. According to Coming Soon, Jones has added to the "Warcraft' cast with new additions Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Robert Kazinsky, while Dominic Cooper is in negotiations to come on board as well. The quartet would join "Vikings" star Travis Fimmel and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"'s Paula Patton in the project.
Foster's been a reliable figure for a while, but after strong work in 2013 with "Lone Survivor" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," is poised to step up a level next year, playing Lance Armstrong for Stephen Frears. Kebbell has blockbuster bona fides from "Prince Of Persia," "Wrath Of The Titans" and the upcoming "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," while Kazinsky was cast, then replaced, in "The Hobbit," but then bounced back with roles in "Pacific Rim" and "True Blood." Cooper, whose big studio experience includes "Captain America," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and the upcoming "Need For Speed'" and "Dracula Untold," isn't yet signed, but looks to be close. There's no sign of Colin Farrell, previously linked to the project, so it's very feasible that Cooper's taken the role originally earmarked for him.
So far, there are no details on what sort of roles the actors will be playing, but we're not sure it would make any sense to us, anyway. But as far as casts go for this sort of thing, it's promising, and we're particularly amped to see Foster get a major role like this -- it's long overdue. Filming on the megabudget project will start next year, and Universal will be putting it out on March 11th, 2016.