4:02pm PT by Mia Galuppo
Ansel Elgort in Early Talks to Star in 'Dungeons & Dragons'
Ansel Elgort is in early negotiations to star in Warner Bros.' long-gestating Dungeons & Dragons movie.
The Fault in Our Stars actor would star in the film based on the classic role-playing game, which will be directed by Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman from a script written by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson.
Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will produce, along with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, as well as Roy Lee.
The project endured some major hit points when the film rights were caught up in a legal battle. Hasbro, which now owns the company that first published Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, and Sweetpea Entertainment, which exercised an option on film rights in the 1990s and later sold those rights to Warner Bros., eventually reached a settlement last August, after which Warner Bros. began to move forward with the project.
Elgort has been working his way up to leading-man status, after breaking through in YA adaptations such as John Green's teen cancer drama Fault and the post-apocalyptic Divergent series.
He was one of several young Hollywood stars in consideration for the coveted role of young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone. (The part ultimately went to Hail Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich). Next up, Elgort will be co-headlining the remake of Billionaire Boys Club with fellow up-and-comer Taron Egerton, after which he will be reaching action-star standing in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which is due out in 2017.
Elgort is repped by CAA, Brookside and Morris Yorn.