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Morgan actor reveals “most important” part of The Walking Dead’s legacy

Published: 30/Sep/2020 14:32

by Daniel Cleary

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The Walking Dead actor Lennie James, who stars as Morgan in the hit TV series, has revealed the “most important thing” that the show has done, following the announcement of its final season.

Since his appearance in the very first episode of The Walking Dead, Lennie James has played a massive role in AMC’s hit show, starring as Morgan, one of the first survivors that Rick Grimes encounters.

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Although he departed the show late in Season 8, Morgan has still been a fan-favorite among TWD fans, going on to star as one of the lead characters in Fear The Walking Dead, the popular spinoff to the post-apocalyptic TV series.

However, after it was announced that The Walking Dead would finally be wrapping up with Season 11, Lennie James has now weighed on the decision to end the original series.

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Lennie James was featured as one of the lead characters in the early seasons of The Walking Dead.

During the Talking Dead Preview Special, Morgan’s actor explained that the show has had a major “impact on his life and career,” revealing his surprise when the announcement was first made.

“I happened to be with a good number of the crew from Walking Dead and a few cast members, James explained, “like everybody, I was surprised. But like everybody, we all knew at some point everything comes to an end.”

However, despite the show coming to a close, Lennie James focused on the legacy that The Walking Dead was leaving behind and the “most important” things that it has accomplished, following the incredible success it has seen since its debut in October 2010.

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Morgan will be returning to Fear The Walking Dead for Season 6.

“The thing that’s going to be most important were the actors that it has introduced people to, and has introduced to the world,” The popular actor explained, adding “and what it has done for television, how it became such an unlikely and phenomenal success. and how it expanded the scope of what’s possible in television.”

“I think it’s sad that it’s going,” he later admitted, “it’s inevitable at some point it had to go, but I think what it’s achieved and what it’s done, it will be hard for any show to match, really.”

Although the original show will be ending, Fear the Walking Dead is showing no signs of slowing and is set to return with some major changes to Morgan in Season 6 on October 11.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.