Warcraft was probably hard to get into if you haven’t been a game manual-thumping fan over the last 20 years. There’s a lot going on, and certain plot twists seem like they come from out of left field when they’re condensed to a movie instead of a game that unfolds over dozens of hours. But there still was plenty of good to take from Duncan Jones’ adaptation. Ruth Negga’s performance was one of them, even though she was extremely limited in her role.
For newcomers to the series, the Queen of Azeroth doesn’t really exist in the games, but Negga still holds her own as the rock keeping Dominic Cooper’s King Llane focused on the task at hand. She’s a warm presence in a movie full of relatively stilted, cold performances (on the human side). In this deleted scene, which will be available on the home video release September 27, we see Negga moments after visiting Garona in the dungeon, telling her husband and king that she accomplished her mission of getting the half-orc on the side of the humans.
The scene is short, but has its fan service: the throne room looks nearly identical to the games:
Unfortunately, Warcraft nerds will know that this display of the throne rooms makes little sense, considering what’s about to happen to poor Azeroth/Stormwind (at the end of Warcraft 1 the game and potentially the end of Warcraft 2 the movie). Hopefully the rumored sequel happens and we all get to bask in Warcraft‘s orc versus humans glory at least one more time. Or at least three or four more times. We need Arthas on the big screen.