Dungeons & Dragons, currently in production with Paramount, may have found its star. The Hollywood Reporter says Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman) will assume the lead role. Little is known about the film, with varying states of production since at least 2015.
Pine rose to prominence in 2009 with JJ Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek, where he played the iconic role of James. T. Kirk. He is also known for his work as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, where he plays opposite Gal Gadot in the title role. We will have the opportunity to see the couple working together again soon, when Wonder Woman 1984 premieres in theaters and on HBO Max.
Little is known about the D&D film, which was previously in production with Warner Bros. This version of the film was set to take place in Forgotten Realms, which is the main setting for the current 5th edition of the hugely popular role-playing game. The Hollywood Reporter had no further information in their article, nor the role Pine would play.
Filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are committed to directing and wrote the latest version of the Dungeons and dragons scenario. Given the filmography of Daley and Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Holidays, Boss horribles), it seems likely that the new film with Skinny is more comedic than the previous more serious D&D based fantasy film.
The previous D&D film was released in 2005. Title Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, he was widely derided by fans and critics. In 2016, Polygon spoke to Nathan Stewart, D&D franchise manager at publisher Wizards of the Coast, about the ongoing film project.
“As far as our perspective,” Steward said at the time, “we’re really involved and very confident that this will be the best D&D movie ever made. Which is a really low bar.
Reached for comment, Wizards of the Coast said he had nothing to share.