Chris Pine to Star in 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie for Paramount, eOne
Chris Pine is getting ready to roll some D20s.
The actor, who is gearing up to return to the world of superheroes with Wonder Woman 1984, is in talks to star in Paramount and eOne's long-gestating, big-budget Dungeons & Dragons movie.
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Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley — the duo behind New Line's sleeper hit Game Night — are set to direct the feature based on the popular fantasy role-playing game. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest version of the script based on a previous draft by Michael Gilio.
Plot details are being kept under the chain mail, but the game is known for its war games, treasure hunts, campaigns, camaraderie and reversals of fortune, all in a setting that combines humans, elves, orcs and hundreds of other creatures. The game famously uses multisided dice in gameplay and is overseen by a host known as the Dungeon Master.
The game, whose rights are controlled by Hasbro, was previously adapted by New Line in 2000. That film starred Jeremy Irons. In recent years, the property has been at the center of a legal battle over its film rights, with a 2015 settlement appearing to have paved the way for Warner Bros. to make a movie that at one time had Ansel Elgort in early talks to star. However, the rights eventually hit the trail for Paramount, which has a production and distribution deal with Hasbro.
Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing with eOne distributing in the U.K. and Canada, and Paramount distributing in the rest of the world. Brian Goldner is producing via Hasbro while Jeremy Latcham is producing for eOne, which was acquired by the toy giant in 2019.
Pine, repped by CAA, John Carrabino and Gendler & Kelly, is currently in production on Olivia Wilde's 1950s-set thriller Don't Worry Darling, being made by New Line.
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