The upcoming D&D movie may have found it’s star; talks are underway to cast Chris Pine in the live-action Dungeons & Dragons movie. The 2021 live-action film based on Hasbro’s role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will direct the script they wrote based on Michael Gilio’s draft. You might recognize Daley from his role on Freaks and Geeks, where he played one of the titular geeks, Sam Weir. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the Spider-Man script, Homecoming, which was rated 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Chris Pine is no stranger to helming studio franchises. Pine is famous for playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot and plays Diana’s love interest in two Wonder Woman movies. He’s also stared in a mix of big-budget and genre movies over the years.
By casting Pine, Paramount hopes the movie will be a start of a new D&D movie franchise. The D&D game is no stranger to the big screen, but previous adaptions were widely panned. The Guardian describes the previous Dungeons & Dragons movie, released in 2000, as "the nadir of the Hollywood fantasy genre" that "is best remembered for Jeremy Irons’ dreadful scenery-chewing as the evil mage Profion, as well as Thora Birch’s turn as dragon-whispering Empress Savina."
The Dungeons & Dragons movie is planning to start filming in the first quarter of 2021. We’ll keep you posted about additional casting news as the movie nears filming.