Hugh Grant gets casted as the villain in the Dungeons & Dragons movie

The other new addition is It‘s Sophia Lillis

Hugh Grant is the next big star who is onboard Paramount and eOne’s Dungeons & Dragons film. Grant will be starring as the villain in the fantasy adventure film while Chris Pine will be playing the lead role. The movie has been in development since 2015 but the casting has only started to take place since December 2020.

What the game is about

Hugh Grant and Sofia Lillis
Paramount Pictures

The game originated in the 1970s and is a popular fantasy tabletop role-playing game that has over 40 million fans around the globe, with matches being live-streamed online on the internet regularly. One popular D&D program is Critical Role. Ownership of D&D has been with Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro since 1997. It had been adapted into movies and animated series in the past but was never able to establish a proper foothold.

The new project has gone through numerous writers and directors over the years and finally settled on John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who had jointly worked together on Spider-Man: Homecoming and the sleeper hit Game Night. 

A stellar cast

D&D cast
Paramount Pictures

The movie boasts an ensemble cast who are all popular actors and with High Grant, the rank just went up. Along with Grant, It and It Chapter Two‘s Sophia Lillis has been roped in. The others include Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Chris Pine and Netflix series Bridgerton‘s breakout star Regé-Jean Page. They could very likely be the film’s main adventuring party, which is traditionally made up of 4-5 players.

An early version of the film’s script hinted that the adventurers will be going out to locate the terrifying Eye of Vecna, a famous artifact in the game’s lore. The game is mainly about treasure hunting, fellowship between the adventurers, and all the problems they face along the way.

The movie is currently scheduled to release on May 27, 2022.

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