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The Dungeons & Dragons movie is like Game of Thrones meets Princess Bride, says Chris Pine

With a bit of Monty Python’s Holy Grail and The Goonies to boot.

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Chris Pine, star of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie, has offered a tantalising idea of what to expect from the big-screen adaptation of the fantasy RPG.

Speaking to Collider, Pine indicated that the long-anticipated D&D film would have a somewhat throwback and comedic feel in its fantasy adventures, comparing it to a number of ‘80s pop-culture staples - as well as the recent Game of Thrones TV series.

“The way that I've been describing it, it's like Game of Thrones mixed with a little Princess Bride, just a smidge of [Monty Python’s] Holy Grail,” Pine said. “It's somewhere in that ballpark. It's a lot of fun.

“It's got a lot of thrills. It's poppy. It's ‘80s heartfelt. There's a bit of Goonies in there.”

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In development for almost a decade, the Dungeons & Dragons film has had a number of different directors, writers and actors attached since its 2015 announcement, including the likes of The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort.

The final movie comes from writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, known for directing the surprisingly good board game-based comedy Game Night and co-writing Spider-Man: Homecoming. Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Jeremy Latcham will reunite with the pair as producer on the upcoming movie.

Alongside Pine, the D&D movie will star Detective Pikachu’s Justice Smith, Fast & Furious mainstay Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis - best known for her role as Beverly Marsh in the recent films based on Stephen King’s It - and Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page. British actor and Paddington 2 standout Hugh Grant, meanwhile, will play the film's villain.

While no details have been released on how the film will adapt the sprawling lore and roleplaying origins of Dungeons & Dragons, Pine did offer a very brief snippet on what to expect from his currently unnamed character, describing him as “the ultimate party planner”.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Wonder Woman and Star Trek actor was also optimistic about how the film - the first big-screen outing for D&D since its legendarily bad box-office bomb in 2000 - had turned out.

“We had a hell of a fun time making it. There was a lot of laughs,” Pine said.

“I think it's going to be really good. I mean, who fucking knows, but I think we got a good shot and John and Jon are killer guys. They know comedy and they know heart, and we had a great cast and we had a good time making it. And that's all you can ask for.”

The Dungeons & Dragons movie is set for release on March 3rd 2023.

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After starting his career writing about music, films and video games for various places, Matt spent many years as a technology, PC and video game journalist before writing about tabletop games as the editor of Tabletop Gaming magazine. He joined Dicebreaker as editor-in-chief in 2019, and has been trying to convince the rest of the team to play Diplomacy since.