David Bowie's son will start shooting his live-action adaptation of the MMORPG in January

Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered a lead role in Duncan Jones‘ forthcoming film based on the Warcraft video games.

Mission: Impossible‘s Paula Patton is said to be in talks for a lead role too. According to Deadline, the odds of Farrell accepting are only 50:50 and Jones is also testing other actors for the roles.

Jones – the filmmaker son of David Bowiesigned up to direct a live-action movie adaptation of the hugely popular gaming franchise earlier this year (2013). He now plans to start shooting in January 2014 from a script by Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt.

When the director came on board earlier this year, it was reported that the film was due to have a budget “north of $100 million (£62 million)”, which would be a big step up for Jones. He made his first film, 2009’s Moon, for just $5 million (£3.1 million), and followed it with 2011’s Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which cost an estimated $32 million (£20 million).

At its peak in 2010, World Of Warcraft had over 12 million subscribers globally, making it the world’s most popular MMORPG – or “massively multiplayer online role-playing game”.