The face of actor Chris Pine has been photoshopped onto a Dungeons and Dragons information card.
Enlarge / This is to hoping Wizards of the Coast leans into Chris Pine’s casting within the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie and slaps him into an official rulebook.

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The following Dungeons & Dragons movie seems to nonetheless be alive—and has rolled a crit on its first main casting determination, forward of plans to lastly begin filming early subsequent 12 months.

In keeping with Deadline, the mixed powers at Paramount Footage and D&D proprietor Hasbro have landed Chris Pine (Surprise Lady, Star Trek) for the movie’s lead function. This follows stories from 2019 {that a} stable writer-director duo was connected to the mission: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-directed the surprisingly stable darkish comedy Sport Night time (which revolves round Hasbro board video games, however in a far-from-family-friendly manner) and co-wrote the Ars-approved movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Freaks & Geeks performs D&D.

If Daley’s title rings a nerdy bell, that is likely to be as a result of considered one of his breakout appearing roles—on NBC’s short-lived, critically acclaimed Freaks & Geeks—included considered one of TV’s all-time finest takes on Dungeons & Dragons. In a pop-culture period when D&D references have been normally derogatory or one-note, Freaks & Geeks‘ D&D episode took particular care to border the sport precisely and amusingly—and it confirmed how ridiculous concepts like “Carlos the Dwarf” match completely into Wizards of the Coast’s traditional tabletop collection.

That episode aired months earlier than New Line Cinema dumped a stinker of a movie, titled Dungeons & Dragons, into theaters worldwide—arguably to cash-in on Lord of the Rings fever, although not efficiently. As Roger Ebert wrote in a December 2000 assessment: “Think about a kingdom that appears half the time like a towering fantasy world of spires and turrets, castles and drawbridges—and the opposite half like everyone seems to be standing round within the wooded space behind Sam’s Membership on the interstate.”

On a pure series-nerd degree, the 2000 movie did not even hassle leveraging a long time of present D&D lore and canon. As a substitute, it invented a facsimile of the Alphatian Empire for its very odd story, starring Jeremy Irons as the massive dangerous for some purpose.

Whether or not Goldstein, Daley, and Pine be part of forces to ship a nerd-perfect D&D interpretation, or they play quick and free with the supply materials, we’re already optimistic sufficient to count on one thing higher than what New Line produced 20 years in the past this month… though we’ll go forward and request some kind of candy Beholder recreation, ideally in stop-motion or puppet kind, please.

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