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Dungeons & Dragons film summons Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez and Detective Pikachu’s Justice Smith

Joining confirmed lead Chris Pine.
Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith
Image: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros

Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith are both reportedly set to feature in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons.

Known for her roles in the Fast & Furious franchise as Letty Ortiz - for which she has recently finished filming the series’ ninth instalment - and 2009’s Avatar, where the actor played the confident soldier Trudy Chacón, Rodriguez has been hired onto the D&D film to perform an as-yet unknown role. (Thanks, Hollywood Reporter.)

Joining Rodriguez is Justice Smith, a young performer who recently starred in video game film Detective Pikachu, as well as appearing in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and its upcoming sequel, Jurassic World: Dominion, which is set to be released sometime next year. As with Rodriguez, Smith’s role in the Dungeons & Dragons adaptation hasn’t been revealed just yet.

Originally announced in 2015, the upcoming D&D film was initially set to star Baby Driver actor Ansel Elgort, with studio Warner Bros at the helm. After a series of legal disputes surrounding the Dungeons & Dragons film rights, Paramount eventually stepped in to create the adaptation - as well as gaining the licences to several other tabletop properties controlled by Hasbro, the company that owns D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast.

Since the D&D film rights changed hands, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley - the directors behind Game Night, a comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman where a married couple embark on a chaotic tabletop gaming night - have taken the reins of writing and directing the upcoming movie. Jeremy Latcham, a producer who has worked on several Marvel films including Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man: Homecoming, was later hired as producer for the film.

The upcoming production will be the second cinematic adaptation of the fantasy RPG, after the disastrous 2000 Dungeons & Dragons film starring Jeremy Irons, Justin Whalin and Marlon Wayans. A notorious flop, the first D&D movie adaptation was received poorly by critics and roleplaying fans alike at the time of its release, and has since become a cult classic amongst lovers of bad films.

Chris Pine
Image: Gage Skidmore/flickr.com

Rodriguez and Smith will be joining Wonder Woman and Star Trek actor Chris Pine in the new Dungeons & Dragons film, who was announced as taking a lead role in the upcoming adaptation late last year. As with both Rodriguez and Smith, details on Pine’s character are yet to be revealed.

The release date for the Dungeons & Dragons film is set for May 27th 2022.


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Alex’s journey to Dicebreaker began with writing insightful video game coverage for outlets such as Kotaku, Waypoint and PC Gamer. Her unique approach to analysing pop culture and knack for witty storytelling finally secured her a forever home producing news, features and reviews with the Dicebreaker team. She’s also obsessed with playing Vampire: The Masquerade, and won’t stop talking about it.

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