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D&D Movie/TV Bridgerton Star Regé-Jean Page Joins D&D Movie

Regé-Jean Page has joined the cast of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie - which currently has Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith attached - in a leading role, according to Hollywood Reporter. He played the Duke of Hastings in the period drama which is Netflix's biggest ever show.

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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Okay, there are some that if I turn off my "this is stupid" filter were reasonably fun. Not "spend money in a movie theater" fun, but "stream or red box" good.
Tokyo Drift manages to be like...a real movie with a plot and actual characters, even!

Not sure I believe any of the other reaches that bar, but to be fair I’ve only seen the first 3 of them all the way through.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Tokyo Drift manages to be like...a real movie with a plot and actual characters, even!

Not sure I believe any of the other reaches that bar, but to be fair I’ve only seen the first 3 of them all the way through.
They start getting good once Dwayne Johnson joins the cast. #4? I think? Maybe #5?
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Tokyo Drift manages to be like...a real movie with a plot and actual characters, even!

Not sure I believe any of the other reaches that bar, but to be fair I’ve only seen the first 3 of them all the way through.
Ugh. I just ... drifting. Unless you are on a dirt or ice track drifting is slower than proper driving technique. Going down a parking ramp? Just dumb.

I live in Minnesota. Drifting is usually followed by "ditch".

P.S. Yes, I know, I know. Drifting is fun, who cares if it's slow and destroys tires? Woo-hoo look at me I going sideways ... crashing into a pole. :p
 


Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
They start getting good once Dwayne Johnson joins the cast. #4? I think? Maybe #5?
It's been a while but #5 kind of stands out to me as when I was like "Hey, did anybody tell these people they didn't need to make these actually good if they didn't want to?"
 


AliasBot

Explorer
That's a good question, and actually related to the original post (can we take the other conversation off thread please?)

What do you think? I wonder if they'd go a "safe" elf, dwarf, human etc.

Might be a more interesting take for them to put the unusual races like you said.

Maybe, tiefling, dragonborn, human, and ?
Whoever slots into the "main character" role (or the closest thing in an ensemble cast) will almost certainly be a human, regardless of how varied the rest of the cast is - for audience relatability reasons as much as marketing ones.

I'm also fairly confident there will be a tiefling in the party: they're fairly iconic to D&D in particular rather than fantasy in general (if there's a D&D-original PC race with any wider pop-culture recognizability whatsoever, it's probably tieflings), they add visual variety without needing CGI or even more extensive makeup, they're pretty straightforward to explain ("I'm part devil" is basically enough on its own), and they lend themselves to any of a number of natural story hooks to build a character around. Seems like a slam-dunk.

From there, I figure they'll probably have at least one elf or dwarf party member to bring a bit more "classic fantasy" feel, and then....any remaining slots in the party are basically a toss-up, though "no more than one party member requiring major CGI and/or makeup work" and "stick to races that require little to no explanation unless that explanation is tied directly to the plot" (no Gith unless the main villains are Mindflayers, for instance) seem like reasonable guidelines to me.

If I had to bet on any one particular lineup, it'd be human, elf, tiefling, goblin, and if there's a fifth it'd be a goliath. I feel like that strikes a decent balance with respect to variety, D&D-ness, classic fantasy-ness, and "not needing to exposit more than necessary"-ness.
 

Whoever slots into the "main character" role (or the closest thing in an ensemble cast) will almost certainly be a human, regardless of how varied the rest of the cast is - for audience relatability reasons as much as marketing ones.
They will look human. But GotG is the model, and the main character in that is only half human.
I'm also fairly confident there will be a tiefling in the party: they're fairly iconic to D&D in particular rather than fantasy in general (if there's a D&D-original PC race with any wider pop-culture recognizability whatsoever, it's probably tieflings), they add visual variety without needing CGI or even more extensive makeup, they're pretty straightforward to explain ("I'm part devil" is basically enough on its own), and they lend themselves to any of a number of natural story hooks to build a character around. Seems like a slam-dunk.
Yes, I agree. I would be very surprised if there is not a tiefing as a major character.
From there, I figure they'll probably have at least one elf or dwarf party member to bring a bit more "classic fantasy" feel,
I don't think old school grognards who reject any species added after 1979 are a major consideration. If they have a dwarf (halfling/gnome) I expect they will use an appropriately sized actor, rather than messing around with scale doubles and differently sized props. So we will find that out from the casting.

What I expect they will have is a small CGI (or CGI/puppet) character, possibly a goblin, kobold or imp, even if that consumes a large chunk of the FX budget, because marketing says Rocket Raccoon, Baby Groot and Baby Yoda are popular. Look out for voice actors and people with mo-cap experience in the cast.
and then....any remaining slots in the party are basically a toss-up, though "no more than one party member requiring major CGI and/or makeup work" and "stick to races that require little to no explanation unless that explanation is tied directly to the plot" (no Gith unless the main villains are Mindflayers, for instance) seem like reasonable guidelines to me.
You don't actually need to "explain" non-human characters at all. There is very little explanation of the non-human characters in GotG. They are just there and accepted.
If I had to bet on any one particular lineup, it'd be human, elf, tiefling, goblin, and if there's a fifth it'd be a goliath. I feel like that strikes a decent balance with respect to variety, D&D-ness, classic fantasy-ness, and "not needing to exposit more than necessary"-ness.
Yup, there will be a "big guy" who could be a goliath, although their make-up would be dull - cast an actual big guy and paint him grey! Firbolgs look a bit goofy (literally). I would say dragonborn is more likely, it's more visually interesting (warforged is also possible). Personally, I would bet against an elf in the main party - overexposed. And I don't see any of the currently announced cast looking very elven, no matter how pointy you make their ears.
 
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Hexmage-EN

Adventurer
Due to this I've started watching the Fast and Furious franchise on Netflix. Had only seen maybe the first two.

Thanks everyone.
Real talk: I didn't watch any of the Fast & Furious movies until the 8th one.

Then within the week I bought all the rest and binge watched them in a day.

For context, the finale action set-piece in the first movie involves racing to get in front of a train and make it across a railroad crossing without getting hit, and the most recent one (the first one I saw) STARTS with Vin Diesel winning a race by driving a car through the streets of a city in reverse as it explodes from the nitrous oxide that was being pumped into its engine, at which point he has to dive out as the car hits a ramp, goes airborne, and explodes in midair.

The eighth movie was a WILD one for me to start on, is what I'm saying.
 
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Horwath

Hero
Yup, there will be a "big guy" who could be a goliath, although their make-up would be dull - cast an actual big guy and paint him grey! Firbolgs look a bit goofy (literally). I would say dragonborn is more likely, it's more visually interesting (warforged is also possible). Personally, I would bet against an elf in the main party - overexposed. And I don't see any of the currently announced cast looking very elven, no matter how pointy you make their ears.
They could cast Shaquille O'Neal as some kind of "big guy" and he has some "acting" experience. with his 216cm he is in goliath height range.
 

They could cast Shaquille O'Neal as some kind of "big guy" and he has some "acting" experience. with his 216cm he is in goliath height range.
It's worth keeping an eye on the casting news for particularly tall cast members. The "big guy" could be a big girl of course.
 

Horwath

Hero
It's worth keeping an eye on the casting news for particularly tall cast members. The "big guy" could be a big girl of course.
there is always Gwendoline Christie, but I'm not sure if she or the directors want her in another "Brienne-ish of Tarth-ish" role.
But, who knows, maybe she wants something done right after GoT season 8 :D
 



Okay, there are some that if I turn off my "this is stupid" filter were reasonably fun. Not "spend money in a movie theater" fun, but "stream or red box" good.
I was pretty skeptical of the F&F movies but having seen some recent ones - yeah they're incredibly dumb, just like most of the action movies of my own youth (hey there Commando, amazing movie, amazingly dumb), but they are actually fun in most cases.

Given they are also staggeringly successful - mostly because the characters are very much this sort of "adventuring family" who may have feuds and so on but ultimately have each others backs - D&D could definitely find a worse model. Especially as that does tend to be true of D&D parties.

Rege-Jean seems like a good hire - "very hot right now" and he's a charismatic and solid actor from what I've seen. I do hope they're looking at chemistry as they hire. That can be really important but whilst some casting people are amazing at it (Nina Gold) others seem to totally disregard it. Seems like he could easily be the lead though I suspect we're looking ensemble rather than a clear lead, which would make sense given D&D is ensemble.
 


GreyLord

Hero
I'm not so sure about them including Tieflings, Dragonborn, or anything of that sort. This is a movie that MUST appeal to general audiences as WELL as D&D gamers. Tieflings and Dragonborn MIGHT (depends on how they put them) be problematic when viewed by General audiences. The movie is being made to make money and that means more than just D&D player must watch it.

A tiefling or other creature MIGHT be included, but it will be dependent on writing and producers/directors and PR decisions as well as polling to determine if they can be written in a way that appeals to mass audiences rather than turn them away...

In my opinion...of course.
 

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