ign.com – a little over a year, director Duncan Jones will unveil his epic fantasy adventure Warcraft, based on the wildly popular game set in the world of Azeroth. Vikings lead Travis Fimmel stars in the film as Sir Anduin Lothar, the central protagonist for the Alliance, who is set against Toby Kebbell’s Durotan of the Horde.
We were able to sit down with Fimmel recently to talk about the upcoming third season of History’s Vikings. During our conversation, we briefly touched on his experience working on Warcraft.
“The fighting style is very different,” the actor said, comparing Vikings’ raw brutality with the more stylized nature of Warcraft. “There’s all of those special effects [in Warcraft].”
Laughingly adding that, “the costume is like wearing a table, so it’s not as nimble. It’s very visually based.”
Fimmel also noted that his work as an actor was far more about the use of imagination. He enjoyed his time on the set and working against Toby Kebbell, saying, “Toby is a great fellow, I like Toby a lot.” However, the challenge of the heavy-effects, working against an actor in a performance-capture suit, and an environment that didn’t exist in physical form was more difficult than Fimmel had anticipated. The cast was able to look at pre-visualization and concept art to get a sense of the landscape they were meant to be in, but the actor recalls that it was “very unfinished” and “more of a cartoon” when they were in production.
“I found out this wasn’t my favorite way of working,” Fimmel reflected. “I’d rather be talking with a person face-to-face.”
Fimmel has since seen some of the finished scenes, however, and reports that in their completed form, “the visual effects are brilliant.”
“What I’ve seen…It’s amazing,” he concluded.
It sounds as if Jones will be delivering on his promise that Warcraft will be a blend of Lord of the Rings with the technology of Avatar.
Stay tuned for details on Warcraft as they emerge. IGN Logo
Look for Warcraft to hit theaters in March of 2016.
Vikings Season 3 premieres on February 19 at 10/9c on History.