With all the hype surrounding Chris Pine’s possible return to the Star Trek universe, it’s been easy to forget that he is joining another big franchise in 2023. Last summer, Pine wrapped filming on Paramount’s long-in-the-works Dungeons & Dragons reboot. The film is meant to introduce the classic tabletop game to a new generation of fans with help from an all-star cast of performers. And it sounds like the movie will combine a variety of genres when it hits theaters next spring. Chris Pine describes.
The movie is still a year away. Regardless, Pine dropped some hints about the tone during a recent interview with Collider. Specifically, he referenced a handful of fantasy properties that directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley looked to for inspiration. He also offered some clues about his character in the film.
“Oh man. Well, what I will say is we had a hell of a fun time making it,” said Pine. “There was a lot of laughs. The way that I’ve been describing it, it’s like Game of Thrones mixed with a little Princess Bride, just a smidge of Holy Grail. It’s somewhere in that ballpark. It’s a lot of fun, it’s got a lot of thrills, it’s poppy, it’s eighties heartfelt, there’s a bit of Goonies in there. My character, he’s the ultimate party planner. I think it’s going to be really good. I mean, who f***ing knows, but I think we got a good shot and John and John 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.”
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The Game of Thrones influence is apt, given D&D’s epic scope (and also a bit ironic, since the game predates George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga by more than two decades). Beyond this, it’s good to hear that Goldstein and Daley are adding more lighthearted elements to the story as well. Comedy may not be what immediately comes to mind when thinking of Dungeons & Dragons. But the success of Amazon’s The Legend of Vox Machina shows that there’s definitely room for laughs amid all the spectacle. And with films like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Game Night under their belt, Goldstein and Daley should be able to find the right balance.
Dungeons & Dragons will open on March 3, 2023.
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