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17 May 2015   No Comments

FRANCHISEHERALD.COM – “World of Warcraft” movie will not be shown in theaters until next year, however there are already rumblings claiming that a follow up is already in talks.

While that hasn’t been confirmed yet, director Duncan Jones previously said in an interview with 2p that the movie adaptation to the hit RPG is to practically “establish” everything to make way for a possible trilogy.

“Peter Jackson did a magnificent job of setting the table: for Tolkein’s universe with his first Lord of the Rings film,” he explained when asked if “World of Warcraft” movie will be a trilogy. “I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by!”

Adding, “Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more! There is certainly plenty more to tell! I would love to be part of that process of expanding on the lore that makes up Warcraft, but it will all depend on what you, the audience, think of our first film!”

If that’s the case then main man, Travis Fimmel should probably try to learn more about the game.

Surprisingly, the “Vikings” actor who will portray the lead character, Anduin Lothar is not at all familiar with the hit RPG.

In an interview with Crave Online, the 35-year-old Australian actor admitted that he has zero knowledge of the game even after he was tapped for the role.

“No, I wasn’t at all,” he admitted when asked about the famous game. “It’s amazing how many people play the game. I saw all the visuals. The movie is so close to Warcraft. They really kept it true to the game and you get a pretty good sense of the game just from what we’re doing on set.”

Despite having a great time filming scenes from “World of Warcraft,” Fimmel said that he has no interest in playing the game.

But despite sharing a great time while filming scenes from the movie, Fimmel insisted that he has no intentions of playing the game.

“No, to be honest, I haven’t,” he answered when asked if ever tried playing the game after filming the movie. “I’ve never been much of a gamer.”

Instead, what helped him portray his role for “World of Warcraft” is his experience from the hit series “Vikings.”

“It certainly helps,” he said. “It’s very different. Warcraft is very motion capture-oriented and special effects-orientated and we wear costumes that I couldn’t get through a door with all the armor. You can’t lift your arms above your head with that on, but Vikings is a bit more natural with the fighting.”

In conclusion, he tried to promote the show to the fans of “World of Warcraft,” claiming that like the RPG the series also shows strategies.

“I think it’s a great show for the mentality of gamers. They like the games that are full of action, they like strategy. That’s so much what Vikings is about, the strategy and how they can overcome great obstacles. And there’s action everywhere, and women that are very easy to watch.”

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9 May 2015   No Comments

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Following its deadly third season, History’s Vikings is adding three new series regulars to its cast.

Finnish actors Peter Franzen (The Gunman) and Jasper Paakkonen (Frozen Land, Secret Lives) as well as Dianne Doan (Once Upon a Time) have joined the drama series created by Michael Hirst, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Franzen will play King Harald Finehair, a Scandinavian warrior and potential threat to Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). Paakkonen is set to play Halfdan the Black, Finehair’s younger brother. Doan will portray Yidu, a new and unique Chinese character who will have a big role in season four.

Season four, already underway in Ireland, will feature a time jump of a “couple of years,” Hirst told THR after the season three finale.

The castings come as Vikings said farewell to Jessalyn Gilsig’s Siggy and George Blagden’s Athelstan in its third season.

Franzen is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment, as well as Actors in Scandinavia; Paakkonen is with ICM Partners, Lisa Richards and Anonymous Content; and Doan is with Principals Talent Management.

Vikings returns in 2016.

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2 May 2015   No Comments

Travis attended the 2015 A&E Network Upfronts event on Thursday. He looked amazing and had a great time from the looks of it. I have added the photos to the gallery so check them out.

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28 April 2015   No Comments

AU.IBTIMES.COM – The release date of “Warcraft” movie has been delayed again, the director has confirmed. The movie will now be released on June 10, 2016 in the U.S. The release date information for Australia and other counties has still not been revealed by the producers.

Confirming the news in a tweet, director Duncan Jones explained why the release date of the movie has been pushed again. In a post on his official Twitter account, Duncan Jones stated that Universal Pictures has enough faith in the movie to release the movie in summer. Summer is the period during which major blockbuster movies of Hollywood are released, apart from Christmas.

Universal Pictures is one of the companies involved in the production of “Warcraft” movie and is also responsible for its distribution. The other production companies are Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.

Duncan Jones described the change in release date as both good news and bad news. Good news because the studio feels “Warcraft” movie “deserves to be a summer flick” and bad news because the fans have to wait till June 2016. The movie was originally planned to be released in December 2015, but was later moved to March 2016.

December 2015 is also the time when the next “Star Wars” movie will be released. The movie is one of the most highly anticipated of the year in the fantasy genre and may have been too much competition for “Warcraft.”

The “Warcraft” movie also has a sizable fan following, thanks to the popularity of the video games by the franchise. The movie is said to be focusing on bringing the video game characters to life on screen, while ensuring that the people who haven’t played the games also enjoy the movie. In an interview with CraveOnline, cast member Travis Fimmel confirmed that the movie was “close” to the game.

Travis Fimmel, known for his role in the TV series “Vikings,” will be playing Anduin Lothar in “Warcraft.” The actor said that while his role in the TV series helped him in preparing for the movie, there are differences. The upcoming movie is said to focus more on special effects and the actors wear costumes with so much armour that they can’t “get through a door” or lift their hands over their heads.

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24 April 2015   No Comments

TVGUIDE.COM – It’s not often that TV shocks you. Like truly, and deeply shocks you. But that’s exactly what theVikingsfinale did, and more than once.

[Warning: The following contains major spoilers. Read on at your own risk!]

After he insisted on being baptized last week, the idea that Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) might die first entered our minds, but we quickly brushed it off. “No way would the show kill off its lead character!” Because clearly Game of Thrones has taught us nothing.

So when the camera panned to Ragnar’s chillingly still body in a Viking coffin, we couldn’t believe it. And yet, Vikings has never shied away from taking risks and slaughtering the ones we love (R.I.P. Athelstan!), so at the same time, Ragnar’s death felt inevitable.

But nothing could have prepared us for watching those closest to him come to say goodbye one by one. Ragnar’s death was particularly unbearable for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), who might not have been reunited with her ex-husband in this life, but was clearly holding out hope for Valhalla. That is, until he announced his plans to join Athelstan in heaven.

“I think Odin will ride like the wind and rescue you and take you to Valhalla, where you belong, my own sweet Ragnar,” she mournfully whispered to his coffin. “And there, there we shall meet again and fight and drink and love one another.”

Rollo’s (Clive Standen) speech was much less heartfelt and pretty much exactly what you’d imagine from the man who’s never been able to forgive his brother’s success. “I’m sorry you’re dead, but it happens to all of us sooner or later,” Rollo mused. “It’s just funny that the gods took you first. I always thought they favored you. You thought so too. It seems we were both mistaken.”

When Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) came to say goodbye, we weren’t sure what to expect. Ragnar’s once loyal follower has seemingly evolved into his most-bitter enemy. And only now that his friend was dead did Floki open up about what’s been tormenting him all season. “I loved you more than anyone. I loved you more than that priest ever loved you, but it made no difference,” Floki spat. “I hate you, Ragnar Lothbrok. And I love you with all my heart.”

“Why do you tear me away from myself?” he tearfully added.

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24 April 2015   No Comments

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Showrunner Michael Hirst tells THR what’s in store when the drama returns for season four.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season three finale of History’s Vikings.]

After much bloodshed, History’s Vikings wrapped its third season Thursday when Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) reclaimed his leadership and faked his own death in order to finally achieve what everyone else had been trying to do for three episodes: infiltrate Paris.

By the closing moments when Paris had been looted, Ragnar realized who would actually miss him when he was gone — and the Vikings decided to set sail back to Kattegat, leaving only Rollo (Clive Standen) and a small gang behind to maintain a presence until the next spring.

But with Ragnar still lingering somewhere between life and death, and Rollo poised to defend the French against his brother thanks to an offer he just can’t refuse, things are far from settled for the pagan leader. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with showrunner Michael Hirst to find out what’s in store for the historical figure and what can possibly come next in the show’s previously announced fourth season.

Ragnar’s baptism was part of a plot get into Paris, but is there actually a part of him that’s conflicted about his gods coming out of the season?
That’s ambiguous. He is clearly being influenced by Athelstan (George Blagden), he’s interested in Christianity, but above that all his priority is to get into Paris. Being Ragnar, he’s seen that you have to be more clever than just attacking it. So he understands something about the Christian mindset now. He understands that it’s very important for the Christian community to give Christian burials, especially to people who have renounced their paganism and become Christian. I can’t overestimate or overstate how important this was in real historical terms. Christian communities were desperate to convert the Vikings to Christianity as a way of absorbing them all or stopping them from raiding.

So of course Ragnar is clever enough to use that to his advantage get inside Paris. It’s more important to him to make the point that he can do it if he wants, rather than to go inside and loot and pillage and things. There are definitely complex views in his character and makeup and different things going on, but he hasn’t renounced his paganism.

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24 April 2015   No Comments

With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar and his Vikings troops take a daring chance. Ragnar asks Bjorn for a favor that could change the course of Viking history.

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18 April 2015   No Comments

IGN.COM – Get ready for the explosive end of Vikings Season 3 as Ragnar Lothbrok himself, Travis Fimmel, reveals what is driving him.

Last week’s Vikings saw the inception of the raid on Paris, as Ragnar Lothbrok continues his push into lands unknown. Always driven by ambition, Ragnar now has an additional motivation.

“He’s doing it for Athelstan,” Vikings star Travis Fimmel told IGN prior to the Season 3 premiere. Sitting outside of a tent on the Dublin set of the History Chanel series, we spoke with the actor as stuntmen were lit on fire and tossed into a small man-made river beside the wooden ladders they clung to. The cast and crew were in the middle of production on the raid on Paris, as Fimmel took a moment to reflect on what brought Ragnar to this point and think about where he’s headed.

We hadn’t yet learned of Athelstan’s ultimate fate when we sat down with the actor, but we were aware that there was a big death planned for the season. When asked what that event meant to him, Fimmel said that the loss was devastating for Ragnar and marked the most significant event for his character this season.

As far as Paris is concerned, Fimmel says loyalty to his fallen friend propelled Ragnar to invade.

“Athelstan comes up with idea to sack Paris,” the actor reflected. “So he wants to do it for him. He wants to do it for his buddy Athelstan. He’d said that there is no way you can get in, so Ragnar is gonna prove him wrong, but do it for him. Out of friendship.”

The invasion of Paris may mark Ragnar’s most ambitious move to date, but it’s still only one element of a packed season of Vikings. Take a look at the rest of our chat with Fimmel below and get ready for the conclusion of Season 3’s epic journey.

IGN TV: Ragnar has a very revealing bit of dialogue. He says, “This was never about my happiness. When was this ever about my happiness?” For you, what is it about for him? What’s motivating him?
Travis Fimmel: I think in Season 1 he’s more the explorer. It’s always been about learning. He always wanted to learn more about the world, and there’s knowledge out there that he wants to learn and see and be involved in — other-world stuff that he doesn’t know. He’s always had that explorer in him. Then in Season 2 he got caught up in a lot of relationship-driven stuff, a lot of personal problems. This year he gets back to being on the boats a bit more. Then he settles a farm in Wessex, and finally he can do what he wants to do. He heads to Paris, because he’s heard it’s such a challenge to penetrate. I think he’s excited, more than anything, to be discovering again.

IGN: It’s often seemed to be so much about family and legacy for Ragnar, but he’s had some notable conflicts with his two sons: Boneless, who he has mixed feelings about even being alive, and Bjorn, who he can be rather hard on. He cold-clocks Bjorn for letting this pregnant woman enter the fray on the battlefield in one scene. Can you talk about that a little bit?
Fimmel: Of course, he loves both sons so much, but it’s hard for a parent, knowing that Boneless is going to have such a difficult life. Maybe Ragnar takes it out on his wife. He thinks that maybe she is the reason why his son is like that. It might be unfair that he does that, but it’s just this human instinct, which causes a lot of turmoil in their relationship. Bjorn, he just desperately wants him to man up and be responsible. It’s dangerous to have a pregnant woman in battle in any time period. One day, Bjorn may have to take over and be a leader. Ragnar’s all about making him strong enough to do that. Of course, this creates conflicts between Ragnar and Lagertha, the mother, because she babies him too much.