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MMORPG The Secret World Plays a Role in Film IRL

Funcom’s MMORPG The Secret World is the brainchild of Ragnar Tørnquist, the brilliant mind behind one of my favorite games of all time, The Longest Journey. So naturally, any news involving him or his creations piques my interest. But my mind was blown when I learned that The Secret World will feature prominently in an upcoming film by director Erik Leijonborg entitled IRL.

“Two worlds, one reality” is the tag-line. Valter Skarsgård, son of Stellan Skarsgård (whom you’ll probably recognize from Thor, The Avengers, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, amongst other things) play the main character, Elias. A lonely, bullied teenager, Elias finds escape in the virtual realm. While playing The Secret World, Elias meets Sc4rlet, and they eventually decide to meet “in real life,” hence the title.


“This is a story about being a teenager in the parallel world of social media and online gaming which is increasingly challenging reality,” says director Erik Leijonborg in an interview published today. “A world where you can hide your real identity and be appreciated for who you really are, or be exposed and mistreated.”

Footage from The Secret World is used extensively: viewers will watch as Elias and Sc4rlet’s avatars travel to actual in-game locations. In fact, Funcom was consulted in developing the main characters avatars. They also worked closely with the filmmakers to ensure that the scenes taking place in-game were as realistic and true to actual gameplay as possible.

IRL premiers on October 25, 2014 in Sweden. Hopefully it will see worldwide release in the coming months. For now, though, I’d be happy with a trailer that has English subtitles.

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