D&D Movie/TV First Footage of D&D Honor Among Thieves: Dungeons, Dragons, Teamwork, With Superhero Vibe

EN World member OB1 saw some of the first footage of next year's Dungeons & Dragon movie, Honor Among Thieves, confirming "dungeons, Dragons, and party teamwork with a bit of a superhero movie vibe". The roughly 30-seconds of footage was shown as part of Paramount's promotional reel played at CinemaCon.

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Here is a quick hit of what I saw. Note that the 30 seconds or so was split up over 7 or 8 smaller shots interspersed in a larger product reel for other Paramount product. I was focusing hard to recognize when they were showing Dad Hat (All credit to my co-worker for realizing that the title shortens to Dad Hat) footage, but it made it very tricky to really get the details for the scenes. I will say that the overall look was absolutely amazing for being this far out. Easily on par with what you would expect from a Marvel theatrical release. Costumes all looked good, sets all looked good.
  • Chris Pine on horseback riding next to Michele Rodriguez talking about 'needing a team for this'
  • A blue? dragon flying overhead away from camera while characters flee underneath on horseback
  • A big city, I'm guessing Waterdeep, from an overhead, aerial view
  • Sophia Lillis (I think) pulling back on a slingshot wristband to fire something (there were two moments of this)
  • Big action sequence in an outdoor arena like setting with pillars growing out of the ground that some heroes jump across while others fire off bows/magic,etc
  • Rege-Jean Page on horseback heading towards some ruins, reminded me of something straight out of an old module but I can't put my finger on which one. Sort of half, simple stone wall buildings on a hilltop spread out over 100 meters or so
  • A character in a long shot (I think Chris Pine but not sure as it was very quick) dancing? under an archway - reminded me more of being under Otto's Irresistible Dance than something he was doing on purpose. On the flip side, it could be a bard character spellcasting as I think he had an instrument in his hands (sorry bard haters)
  • A spell that felt like a wizard casting shield against an attack. I think it was Rege-Jean but can't be certain.
  • Don't remember seeing Hugh Grant in the footage, and no plot details
  • Definitely had a fun, action packed vibe to it. Definitely not grim-dark
As for the superhero vibe I got, yeah, it felt somewhat like a fantasy version of Guardians of the Galaxy. I could imagine the marketing campaign for this leaning into this is Marvel meets Game of Thrones as a way to make the concept accessible to a larger audience not fully familiar with D&D style medieval fantasy.
 

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  • A big city, I'm guessing Waterdeep, from an overhead, aerial view
have we been told this is in the realms?
  • Sophia Lillis (I think) pulling back on a slingshot wristband to fire something (there were two moments of this)
intresting... we don't even have sling shot rules I don't think (maybe for a tie in book)
  • A character in a long shot (I think Chris Pine but not sure as it was very quick) dancing? under an archway - reminded me more of being under Otto's Irresistible Dance than something he was doing on purpose. On the flip side, it could be a bard character spellcasting as I think he had an instrument in his hands (sorry bard haters)
if we get irresistible dance in the movie it would be amazing.
  • A spell that felt like a wizard casting shield against an attack. I think it was Rege-Jean but can't be certain.
this I see as more likely... shield feels like it comes out of movie/tv anyway.
  • Definitely had a fun, action packed vibe to it. Definitely not grim-dark
sounds good so far...
 



have we been told this is in the realms?
Yes it was officially confirmed last year sometime, we even have a summary:

"An ex-Harper turned thief escapes from prison with his partner, a female barbarian, and reunites with a no-talent wizard and a druid new to their team in an effort to rob the cheating conman who stole all their loot from the heist that landed them behind bars, and used it to install himself as the Lord of Neverwinter. Only the traitor is allied with a powerful Red Wizard who has something far more sinister in store. Being directed by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, and starring Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez."

Which makes it slightly more likely Neverwinter is the city in question, but nothing is certain, and they did reshoots IIRC so could have probably easily changed something like that.
 

Oofta

Legend
have we been told this is in the realms?

intresting... we don't even have sling shot rules I don't think (maybe for a tie in book)
I assume they just didn't want to bother with the visuals of an old school sling. I'd certainly allow a more modern slingshot if someone wanted.

if we get irresistible dance in the movie it would be amazing.
My thought exactly. :)
this I see as more likely... shield feels like it comes out of movie/tv anyway.

sounds good so far...
 



Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I'm 100% on board with a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe of the film. In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of a tone and approach I'd like better than that one.

A group of misfits that squabble and bicker but work pretty well together, have each others' backs despite their sometimes diverging individual goals, and fumble their way to accomplishing their mission each time? What better representation of a D&D group can you find?
 



Dausuul

Legend
An ex-Harper turned thief escapes from prison with his partner, a female barbarian, and reunites with a no-talent wizard and a druid new to their team in an effort to rob the cheating conman who stole all their loot from the heist that landed them behind bars, and used it to install himself as the Lord of Neverwinter. Only the traitor is allied with a powerful Red Wizard who has something far more sinister in store.
I'm hard pressed to imagine a movie better designed to capture the feel of Dungeons and Dragons.

Also, it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it now.
 

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