Paula Patton has landed a role in the upcoming movie based on the video game franchise Warcraft as she works to move on from her soon-to-be ex-husband Robin Thicke.
Patton, perhaps best known for her role in Mission: Impossible, will portray Garona, an orc who is caught between the Alliance and the Horde. Unlike the other actors portraying members of the snarling orc race, director Duncan Jones said her performance won’t be completely computer generated.
Jones, a longtime “World of Warcraft” player who previously created the films “Source Code” and “Moon, said that on the human-led Alliance side, “Vikings” star Travis Fimmel will portray protagonist Anduin Lothar while Dominic Cooper has been cast as King Llane Wrynn; Ben Foster will play the mysterious mentor Medivh; and Ben Schnetzer will portray young mage Khadgar.
For the orc-filled Horde, Toby Kebbel will play Frostwolf Clan leader Durotan; Clancy Brown will portray the war chief Blackhand; and Daniel Wu will embody orc ruler Gul’Dan. The performances of the actors portraying orcs will be computer generated.
Jones quick to note the “Warcraft” movie, which is slated to hit theaters in March 2016, will keep the focus on the conflict between orcs and humans, which was depicted in the original “Warcraft” games from the 1990s.
“It’s got so many stories,” said Jones. “‘World of Warcraft’ has been going for 10 years, ‘Warcraft’ itself has been going for 20 years. Our challenge was to drill down and find a story that would work as a single film.”
Meanwhile Patton, 38, is ready to soon start dating again as she moves on from Thicke.
The pair had a messy public separation and divorce papers are still going through but the pair have made amends.
“Everything is good between Paula and Robin,” a source told E! News recently. “It really is amicable and they’re getting along.”
The source said that Patton is not seeking a new companion just yet and that he main priority is her son Julian, but she should be ready to date again soon.
Besides the Warcraft movie, Patton has been keeping busy shooting a fashion campaign for Ellen Tracy, and she’s also reading a lot of other scripts.
“Paula is doing great,” the source said. “She’s really excited about the future.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.