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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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

payn

Adventurer
Is Vin Diesel getting involved in this? Be cool if he did. All this F&F talk reminded me of him and his D&D love. Also, it reminded me of a hilarious F&F Vin diesel story.

My old man had some of us over during one of the holidays. The teen kids were watching TV. The old man tried to find something he thought they would like. He setteled on one of the F&F movies with The Rock and Vin. After about 15 min and everyone more or less silently watching the movie, my old man says, "Wait...The Rock and Vin Diesel are not the same guy???" Everyone laughed, it was a good time.
 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
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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.
General audiences enjoy all sorts of fantastical characters in movies and TV. Why would they have difficulty with demon-people and dragon-people? They seem like pretty basic concepts to me. They enjoyed walking trees and talking raccoons in the MCU.

Much as you might think otherwise looking at Hollywood sequels, people don’t only watch things they’ve seen before. They watch exciting new stuff all the time.
 


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.
Because general audiences will never be able to cope with unfamiliar non-human characters...
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Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
It occurs to me that that makes Michelle Rodriguez a veteran D&D film actor. And what is Chris Pine if not a younger, more charming Paul Walker? (RIP)
 

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.
I cannot imagine WotC wanting people who walk out of the movie theater (let's pretend such things will exist at that point) and into a game store (ditto), pick up the PHB and can't make their favorite characters from the movies. Goblins and goliaths aren't in the PHB and would shocked to have them among the main cast.

The PHB nowadays has a pretty broad span of races. If they wanted to go being Tolkien-style fantasy, adding a tiefling or dragonborn to the party, or both, would be sufficient.
 

I cannot imagine WotC wanting people who walk out of the movie theater (let's pretend such things will exist at that point) and into a game store (ditto), pick up the PHB and can't make their favorite characters from the movies. Goblins and goliaths aren't in the PHB and would shocked to have them among the main cast.

The PHB nowadays has a pretty broad span of races. If they wanted to go being Tolkien-style fantasy, adding a tiefling or dragonborn to the party, or both, would be sufficient.
And I can't imagine there not being a Movie Edition Starter Set with all the lineages from the movies included. Goliath is already available for free on D&D Beyond and download.
 



doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I cannot imagine WotC wanting people who walk out of the movie theater (let's pretend such things will exist at that point) and into a game store (ditto), pick up the PHB and can't make their favorite characters from the movies. Goblins and goliaths aren't in the PHB and would shocked to have them among the main cast.

The PHB nowadays has a pretty broad span of races. If they wanted to go being Tolkien-style fantasy, adding a tiefling or dragonborn to the party, or both, would be sufficient.
Eh, whatever they put in (my guess is Firbolg, because they've been a hit every time they've shown up as a PC in a livestream game, and they're very distinctive, and will be totally new to most non players, which is a good thing. Also, seriously, even teenagers right now know Labyrinth, and Ludo reminds most folks I know of Firbolgs)

Honestly, given the zeitgeist...they should have at least one "ugly cute" monster race in there.
 

And I can't imagine there not being a Movie Edition Starter Set with all the lineages from the movies included. Goliath is already available for free on D&D Beyond and download.
The point of putting the Essentials Kit into Target first was to make it as easy as possible for players to get into the hobby.

"Oh, don't worry, you can find the stuff you want for a free download after you've already dropped $30 on the Players Handbook" is not that.
 

Eh, whatever they put in (my guess is Firbolg, because they've been a hit every time they've shown up as a PC in a livestream game, and they're very distinctive, and will be totally new to most non players, which is a good thing. Also, seriously, even teenagers right now know Labyrinth, and Ludo reminds most folks I know of Firbolgs)

Honestly, given the zeitgeist...they should have at least one "ugly cute" monster race in there.
Half-orcs, dragonborn and tieflings all fit the bill.

Every extra hurdle that movie-goers have to jump over to emulate what they see on the screen is fewer people converted into regular players and full-time customers.

WotC will want to be able to point folks to a single product to pick up after the movie. Maybe it's a new Starter Set with full races in it. But it'd be a lot easier to have everything in the movie match up with the PHB so that movie-goers don't make an expensive "mistake" and don't end up with all the stuff they saw on the screen.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Half-orcs, dragonborn and tieflings all fit the bill.

Every extra hurdle that movie-goers have to jump over to emulate what they see on the screen is fewer people converted into regular players and full-time customers.

WotC will want to be able to point folks to a single product to pick up after the movie. Maybe it's a new Starter Set with full races in it. But it'd be a lot easier to have everything in the movie match up with the PHB so that movie-goers don't make an expensive "mistake" and don't end up with all the stuff they saw on the screen.
That doesn't actually matter much, because if the movie works, a movie/tv franchise will make more money that the game does. They want to sell merch and movie tickets and ad spots.

You're inventing problems, anyway. It isn't a real hurdle.
 


Just don't screw up the CGI so badly that it turns out like the first version of Sonic before they had to fix it for that movie. There was no cute to that version at all. lol
At least they can fix it. The sonic people deserve a lot of credit for admitting and fixing their mistake.

Firbolg would probably need to be cgi, or have some very clever animatronics. But it could certainly look Groot if done well.

Anyway, so far as the film makers are concerned, all that matters is it looks cool, they don't care if it's in the PHB or not. It's not WotC making the movie.
 
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I previously worked in marketing for a big videogame company (you know their name). I would be very surprised if this wasn't a conversation they've already had.
The game company isn't making the movie. If the movie's writers, producers and production designers decide a cute firbolg will sell more tickets than and ugly half orc then it will be a firbolg on the movie.

The only conversation Hasbro will have is how to patch the game to match the movie.

Although, in this case, I'm sure they will jump at the chance to drop half orcs, they have been trying to do it since they took over from TSR.
 

ART!

Hero
Even though Hasbro and Paramount worked out the deal for this movie, I'm honestly not super-confident we'll see D&D 5E merchandise for this movie. We always think companies will see the obvious advantage we see in doing such things, but is it worth their investment? Lots of people play and many, many more know of D&D, the movie will make the latter even moreso, so why spend the money to develop new stuff?

I'm basing this on the comic book industry's lack of interest or inability to coordinate new comic books with new movies based on those comics. There's so much money in movies that the comics and rpgs are incredibly small potatoes.
 

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