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Chris Pine says the Dungeons and Dragons movie is like Game of Thrones meets The Princess Bride

The Dungeons & Dragons film has completed filming. It stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis and Justice Smith. Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing the feature, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada and Paramount in the rest of the world.

Plot details are vague, but there was mention it would follow a “group of adventurers looking for the Eye of Vecna, a powerful artifact that dates back to the earliest days of the game. Vecna is a powerful lich turned god whose hand and eye (remnants from when Vecna was a mortal) grant unspeakable power. Both the Hand and Eye of Vecna come with a terrible cost – in order to use either artifact, the user must remove their existing eye or hand and then replace it with the artifact.”

Previous reports have also said the adventurers would be led by Raven Hightower, a warrior with a magic flamesword, who is haunted by his sister’s death. Other characters include the “half-dragon” Hack Karroway, the gnome thief Olivan Trickfoot, and a masked warrior named Alyssa Steelsong. The main villain of the movie is a male drow named Razer Horlbar who once kept Raven and his sister as slaves, along with a female tiefling named Damala and a brutish warrior known only as “The Beast”.

Chris Pine was talking about the film with Collider.

Oh man. Well, what I will say is we had a hell of a fun time making it. There was a lot of laughs. The way that I’ve been describing it, it’s like Game of Thrones mixed with a little Princess Bride, just a smidge of Holy Grail; it’s somewhere in that ballpark. It’s a lot of fun. It’s got a lot of thrills. It’s poppy, it’s eighties heartfelt, there’s a bit of Goonies in there. My character, he’s the ultimate party planner. I think it’s going to be really good. I mean, who fucking knows, but I think we got a good shot and John and John are killer guys. They know comedy and they know heart and we had a great cast and we had a good time making it. And that’s all you can ask for.

To be honest, I am not really expecting much with this film. Previous D&D films have been rather poor and the filmmakers never quite seem to get it. Having been playing the game for the past few years I do know it can vary in tone from session to session.

Many people in Hollywood are a fan of the game so you would think it would be an easy thing to get right, but it is such a huge thing with so many different settings it can be a little overwhelming.

I just hope we get a coherent story, with good action, some humorous moments and a palpable sense of threat and tension from the BBEG.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley directed the film and wrote the script based on a draft by Michael Gilio. Jeremy Latcham is producing through his deal with studio eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment arm. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner is also producing.

The film is due out on 3rd March 2023.

What do you want to see in a Dungeons and Dragons movie?

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