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D&D Movie/TV Hugh Grant To Play Villain in the D&D Movie

Hugh Grant will be playing the villain in the Chris Pine D&D movie, which also stars Fast & Furious' Michelle Rodriguez, Jurassic World's Justice Smith and Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, according to Deadline.

According to ComicBookMovie, his character name is Forge Fletcher, and the cast will be joined by I Am Not OK With This actor Sophia Lillis playing a character called Doric.

In recent years, Hugh Grant has played villains in Paddington 2, and The Undoing.

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This casting worries me. I just don't understand why they don't adapt The Halfling's Gem?
Because it's isn't very good. It's better than most D&D novels, but that's because most D&D novels are terribad.
I assume it's some kind of rights issue or an unwillingness to pay Salvatore.
Rights belong to WotC. Don't need to pay Salvatore anything. Major downside for writers writing for someone else's IP.
 

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hopeless

Adventurer
I doubt this is about Abrams 25% difference, but more on developing something new than trying to turn however popular that novel is into a movie where you know they will complain about it even if its done properly!
 


Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I thought this was slightly relevant from Penny Arcade:
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I'd say yes and no. D&D does have a very specific take on magic and monsters that's unique. Wizards are incredibly powerful, but so are warriors. Clerics do more than chant and say vague prayers of blessings and so on. Some iconic monsters are pretty unique to D&D.

Besides, what did the MCU really have to go from? I mean, yes, there are a ton a comics to pull from but the same can be said for D&D stories, campaign settings and novels. How many people really knew much about Tony Stark before the first Iron Man movie?
 

hopeless

Adventurer
I did, but then one of my most popular memories was picking up an Avengers comic from a store near what was then Warley Hospital.
Back then that was an almost unheard of event!
Being able to buy a comic for me.
 

OB1

Jedi Master
The guys they got to write it have a solid track record, which while not dispositive, isn't nothing.

And as someone else mentioned above, the studio loves the script and is fast tracking it. Which again, isn't everything - but it's not a bad sign.

And an even better sign is the level of cast that the script is attracting. It reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean (and remember that pirate movies were considered automatic flops back then and people derided the idea of making a film based on a Disney ride) attracting Johnny Depp, Geoffry Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Also like that film, the D&D movie is getting a prime May release date.
 

BookTenTiger

He / Him
Here's what I'm hoping for the plot:

All these actors play themselves filming a movie. In between work days, they get together to play D&D. Hugh Grant, playing himself, keeps bullying all the other actors because they enjoy such a nerdy game. "Chris Pine? Hm, um, well, more like Chris Pining After Your Mom!"

Of course, all the actors on set are shy, tongue-tied, and can't stand up for themselves.

In their D&D game, the actors also play their characters. Unlike their real-life selves, they are confident, suave, and capable. Hugh Grant plays the pompous, evil villain.

By the end of the film, Chris Pine's D&D crew has gained enough confidence to stand up to that bully Hugh Grant. "Hugh Grant? More like Hugh Grants-Disadvantage-On-Charisma-Checks!" It turns out he's been mean on along just because he was jealous and wanted to join the D&D game!

There's a post-credits scene that teases the plot of the sequel: Chris Pine finds out his players are getting poached by another DM- Chris Evans and his team of Avengers actors!


Yep, I'm pretty sure that's it!
 

Absolutely. My very first D&D character was named Fairblade. I can vividly remember a kid that showed up at lunchtime to play wanting to name his character "Ding-Dong Farty Marty."

Let's be honest, aren't most first D&D character names kind of terrible?

Now, at the tail-end of a meandering series, it's easy to forget that the first Pirates of the Caribbean was a gamble, and many were downright skeptical. And that it was an unabashed success when it came out.

And an even better sign is the level of cast that the script is attracting. It reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean (and remember that pirate movies were considered automatic flops back then and people derided the idea of making a film based on a Disney ride) attracting Johnny Depp, Geoffry Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. Also like that film, the D&D movie is getting a prime May release date.
 

Mort

Legend
Supporter
Now, at the tail-end of a meandering series, it's easy to forget that the first Pirates of the Caribbean was a gamble, and many were downright skeptical. And that it was an unabashed success when it came out.
Right. Same for the Marvel universe - It's a juggernaut now, but Iron Man (I guess who can argue it started with The Hulk but Iron Man is the agreed starting point to the MCU) was far, far from a sure thing.

We're talking a C-D list superhero (Marvel couldn't use it's own A list heroes the movie rights weren't theirs!) and an actor who was, at best, thought of as unreliable. But they hit lightning in a bottle and well look at them now.

But that's going way ahead - here's to hoping they make a movie that's at least good!
 

OB1

Jedi Master
My take on a perfect opening.

INT - Swank NY Apartment Kitchen - Night

HUGH GRANT is finishing preparation of a large charcuterie board. He takes it and a bottle of wine to a large dinning room table, where CHRIS PINE, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, REGE-JEAN PAGE, SOPHIA LILLIS, and JUSTICE SMITH all sit chatting. The table has books, paper, and miniature figures scattered about. Hugh sets down the food and wine and takes his place at the head of the table, behind a cardboard screen with a picture of a dragon on it.

HUGH
Right, so, in our last session, our heroes had descended deep into the ruins of Ortathire...

INT - Dungeon
As we continue to hear Hugh's voice, we now see a montage of shots that match what Hugh is describing, the actors now their hero avatars performing the deeds that Hugh describes and introducing us to the PCs. During one particularly crazy moment of action, the image freezes and we hear

Chris (VO)
What was I thinking?

Sophia (VO)
That was insane!

Justice (VO)
If you had botched that roll we'd all be dead.

Michelle (VO)
Not me, I've always got an escape plan.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
Right. Same for the Marvel universe - It's a juggernaut now, but Iron Man (I guess who can argue it started with The Hulk but Iron Man is the agreed starting point to the MCU) was far, far from a sure thing.

We're talking a C-D list superhero (Marvel couldn't use it's own A list heroes the movie rights weren't theirs!) and an actor who was, at best, thought of as unreliable. But they hit lightning in a bottle and well look at them now.

But that's going way ahead - here's to hoping they make a movie that's at least good!
Yeah, I remember thinking, "Iron Man?". I may have eventually seen it just for the action and special effects (which looked nice in the trailer) and expected a cheesy action flick. However, seeing that RDJ was playing Stark, I was sold on seeing it in the theater and taking it more seriously. Ever since I saw the movie Chaplain, I knew that RDJ had some serious acting chops and I'd watch this just for him. I wasn't disappointed, and I instantly became an MCU fan. I also remember being hesitent about the Captain America movie—I was afraid it was going to be utterly jingoistic. It became one of my favorire MCU movies (and Cap became my favorite MCU character).
 

I would say that until the first Avengers movie, it was not a sure thing. It would've been all too easy for the chemistry to just not work. For example, I can't imagine it having worked with Ed Norton as the Hulk, in an ensemble cast, with the extensive script control that's apparently in his contracts.

And then the success of Guardians of the Galaxy (a set of really weird characters that your average non-comics fan had no idea who they were) was what truly solidified the MCU as the cultural juggernaut it now is.

But yes, beyond just a franchise, they need to start with one good movie. I have hope that they can pull it off, and will reserve judgement until I see it. Or maybe at least the trailer...

Right. Same for the Marvel universe - It's a juggernaut now, but Iron Man (I guess who can argue it started with The Hulk but Iron Man is the agreed starting point to the MCU) was far, far from a sure thing.

We're talking a C-D list superhero (Marvel couldn't use it's own A list heroes the movie rights weren't theirs!) and an actor who was, at best, thought of as unreliable. But they hit lightning in a bottle and well look at them now.

But that's going way ahead - here's to hoping they make a movie that's at least good!
 

Zarithar

Adventurer
Not recently prior to that. The only ones who were in recent big movies were Hugo Weaving and Liv Tyler (Matrix and Armageddon) to my knowledge. In LoTR, the main core actors, none of them had done anything major as an A list actor in big budget film for years prior to 2000. Ian did X Men right before LotR, but was doing LoTR work before the X men movie actually had made it big, and he wasn't considered an automatic A lister at that time he was cast in LoTR. Several great actors, sure, but none of them commanded automatic big budgets based on name only, which is what A listers do.
Lol are you serious? Christopher Lee is a film legend going back more than half a century.
 


Lol are you serious? Christopher Lee is a film legend going back more than half a century.
I think they are probably looking at it from an American perspective. If you are British or at all familiar with their stage, tv and movie industry, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm and Christopher Lee, are all well known faces. Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and David Wenham were well known to Australian/NZ audiences.
 


hopeless

Adventurer
Bernard Cribbins played Bilbo in the Jackanory rendition of The Hobbit.
Now on an audio cd actually watched this on tv back then really wished that was available on dvd!
 
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I think they are probably looking at it from an American perspective. If you are British or at all familiar with their stage, tv and movie industry, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm and Christopher Lee, are all well known faces. Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and David Wenham were well known to Australian/NZ audiences.

Here in the US, we mainly know Lee from all the B horror movies he made. And horror movies do not make any actor an A-lister. But those of us who can look at an entire body of work know better.
 


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