Dungeons and Dragons has been a gaming phenomenon that's lasted over four decades, with devoted fans, in part made pop-culture cool by the nostalgia for the '80s as Stranger Things so clearly proved. Now the fantasy roleplaying game is being given the Hollywood treatment.
It isn't the first time the tabletop game was adapted for a film (its prevalence in other pop culture media notwithstanding). In 2000, a movie was made that was universally panned, garnering a pitiful 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But this new version should at least make a splash at the box office, given its A-list and hugely popular cast. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming movie adaptation of Dungeons and Dragons.
Dungeons and Dragons cast: Who will star in the Dungeons and Dragons movie?
The latest addition to the cast is Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page. He joins Wonder Woman's Chris Pine, Fast and Furious' Michelle Rodriguez and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu's Justice Smith.
None of their roles are known as of yet, but if Page isn't playing a heartthrob we'll eat our hats. We do know at the very least that it will be a lead role.
Co-writing and co-directing duties fall to Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who worked together on the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming. The original draft, upon which theirs will be based, is by Michael Gilio.
Dungeons and Dragons plot: What will the Dungeons and Dragons movie be about?
It isn't known yet whether the movie itself will be a full-on fantasy film, or rather a movie whose story is tied to the game but doesn't take place within the world of Dungeons and Dragons. There's always the possibility for a hybrid situation, something more like the original Jumanji.
The game itself is guided by a Dungeon Master and famously uses multisided dice to decide the plot's progress. It features your staple fantasy creatures: elves, orcs, humans, etc. and typically involves treasure hunting, war and adventure.
The 2000 adaptation was strictly a fantasy film, which used the overall gist of the game to create its plots and characters. Whether the new version will follow this remains to be seen.
Dungeons and Dragons release date: When will Dungeons and Dragons be out in cinemas?
The film is listed with a 2022 debut, but given the ever-changing nature of film releases right now, that is entirely up in the air. It has been a long time coming though, with the filming rights to the property at the heart of a legal battle until a 2015 settlement.
At that time Warner Bros was set to make the movie, with Ansel Elgort in early talks to star. Those rights eventually went to Paramount, who has a production and distribution deal with Hasbro.
Dungeons and Dragons trailer: When will there be footage from Dungeons and Dragons online?
Your guess is as good as ours. Until a filming schedule is released, there's no saying when a teaser or trailer will be out. Until then, you can occupy yourself with the 2000 version, which is available to buy on Blu-ray.