Colin Farrell and Paula Patton are being considered for important roles in the movie adaptation of “World of Warcraft,” a videogame set in medieval times, according to reports.
Deadline reported that Patton is “negotiating for a lead role" with Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment, and "another lead has been offered to" Farrell.
Sources told Deadline that the chances of the “Total Recall” actor and “2 Guns” actress striking a deal are 50/50, and so, director Duncan Jones -- best known for directing science fiction films “Moon” and “Source Code” -- is considering other actors for major roles as well.
According to reports, the movie has been in the works since 2006, with Steven Spielberg initially rumored to direct the movie. But, Sam Raimi, who helmed Disney’s fantasy adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” was later roped in for the movie. However, his departure from the movie was announced during Comic-Con 2012.
"Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director. They had to start making it,” Raimi told Crave Online.
In July, at Comic-Con 2013, Warner Bros. screened test footages from the film, formally announcing the movie. However, the movie will be made at Universal Pictures, as Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. parted ways after the companies failed to negotiate a deal.
According to Contactmusic.com, the film adaptation of “World of Warcraft” is said to be the one of the first productions under Legendary Pictures' deal with Universal. Production of the movie is expected to begin in January.
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.