Plot, Cast, and Everything We Know
Everyone’s favorite role-playing game is back on the big screen! What stranger things did for Kate Bush and Metallica – both of whom saw massive spikes in popularity after showcasing their music on the hit Netflix show – it arguably also did for Dungeons and Dragons. The legendary role-playing board game captivated generations of children and teenagers in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a ten-year hiatus from the franchise, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves is set to hit theaters next March, and a preview of the trailer was shown at last month’s Comic-Con. After the cartoon in the 1980s and three films in the early 2000s, what can we expect from this latest film? We have what you need.
Honor Among Thieves: The Plot
The Dungeons and Dragons trilogy that hit cinemas in the 2000s seemed to have all the elements needed to succeed. Yet despite a household name, backed by a big production company and big stars in the lead roles, he flattered to deceive. The best – certainly the most extravagant – of the three was the first, simply titled Dungeons and Dragons (2000). It lured Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons as Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Mage Profion and soon-to-be director Thora Birch (San Francisco’s Last Black Manlisten)) as Empress Savina, and former Doctor Who starring Tom Baker and The Rocky Horror Picture Show former Richard O’Brien in minor roles.
However, the combination of Hollywood stars and cult legends couldn’t save it, and the film bombed the box office, with (among others) Roger Ebert casting a shadow. Despite the spirited performances of Bruce Payne (Passenger 57) headlining, neither of the two sequels, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005) and Dungeons and Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012), troubled the box office, with the latter going straight to DVD upon release.
It’s no surprise, then, that the new film is a stark departure from its predecessors. It is reported that the film will return to the source material, drawing inspiration from several characters from the 1980s cartoon series that endeared the game so much to millions of children. The long wait for the reboot is largely due to legal wrangling over franchise rights, followed by a long period in development hell. However, filming finally started last spring in Iceland and ended in August.
Heavy plot details are sparse despite a few accidental hints from Chris Pine last month. But we do know that the story is about a thief, Edgin, who brings together a group of misfit adventurers to recover a lost relic. The official synopsis reads:
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to recover a lost relic, but things go dangerously wrong when they run into the wrong people.
The trope is well worn, but fans of the cartoon series (and the game itself) will know how satisfying chasing the MacGuffin can be. Directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley would seek to replicate the playfulness and highly textured world-building of the RPG on the big screen, with an emphasis on humor and action.
Honor Among Thieves: The Cast
honor among thieves features A-list heavyweights and a new face or two. Chris Pine, whose first comedy film pool man, is currently in production, will star. Michelle Rodriguez (The fast and the furious, Los Angeles War) also appears, as does newcomer Regé-Jean Page, whose standout performance on last year’s Netflix hit, the period drama Bridgerton, earned him rave reviews.
Supporting is Hugh Grant, whose career renaissance continues with Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild nominations last year for HBO’s psychological thriller series The defeat; star of This and me from Netflix I don’t agree with this, Sophia Lillis; and Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, all bright places).
In recent years, it almost feels like changing release dates is a given for many Hollywood movies, and Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves slipped more than most. A July 2021 premiere in time for the summer blockbuster season was canceled by the Covid pandemic. The second November 2021 date has also been cancelled, with Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Self Esteem Part 1 and Top Gun: Maverick receive higher priority. honor among thieves was one of ten Paramount films affected.
The third date of May 27, 2022 was later moved to March 3, 2023. Producers are hoping for big draws, especially in light of reports that a TV series made by eOne – which co-produced the film with Paramount – – featuring a Dungeons and Dragons the extended universe is in the works.