In an interview with IGN, actor Ben Foster (X-Men: The Last Stand, 3:10 to Yuma) has revealed that he's brought a pivotal figure in Warcraft lore to life for Duncan Jones' upcoming movie based on Blizzard's fantasy megafranchise.
Speaking about the role, Foster had this to say:
The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.
Warcraft diehards will know Medivh, the last Guardian of Tirisfal, very well... (weird warning, but none the less - spoilers for a 2 decade old RTS, I guess?)
One of Azeroth's most esteemed magic users, it was revealed in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans that Medivh was the mage behind the opening of the Dark Portal (alongside the Orc Warlock Gul'dan), bringing forth the Orcish Horde and the demonic Burning Legion upon the world - having been under the thrall of Sargeras, the Legion's leader, since before his birth.
Eventually Medivh, maddened by Sargeras' corruption, was confronted by a party of his closest friends and allies - his apprentice Khadgar, his former lover Garona Halforcen, and childhood friend Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth - and slain in combat. His spirit purged of Sargeras's influence, Medivh would later reappear in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, serving as the mysterious force that would eventually help unite the disparaging races of Azeroth to fight back against the Burning Legion once and for all.
With Foster's revelation, it seems credence has been lent to early reports that the movie would be dealing with the character and the early events of the Warcraft series. The same reports seemingly implied that Medivh's backstory would be radically changed - instead of his death at the hands of his former apprentice, he is seemingly trying to atone for his role in bringing the Orc Horde to Azeroth, which gels with Foster's comments that the movie sees Medivh's friends asking him for help fighting back the Horde. At this point though, with much of the details from the recently-wrapped movie still under lock and key, it's hard to tell where Duncan Jones is taking his adaptation of Warcraft's earliest stories.
Warcraft is due for release on March 11th, 2016.