Things are moving forward for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie. According to Deadline, Divergent actor Ansel Elgort is in early talks to star in the fantasy movie.
We’re told Dungeons & Dragons, directed by Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman, is a top priority for Warner Bros., currently on the hunt for new franchises to give the studio a much-needed shot in the arm.
David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) is penning the movie, with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon (who directed the first Dungeons & Dragons movie) and Allan Zeman, as well as Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee on producing duties. Here’s a description of the movie:
Dungeons And Dragons is a fantasy adventure centering on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.
A few months ago, Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman said Dungeons & Dragons would be like Guardians of the Galaxy meets Tolkien's Middle-earth.
“This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.”
Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel (the voice of Groot in the Marvel film) has expressed a lot of interest to star in the movie, having played the game for more than 20 years. Whether Diesel will have a role remains to be seen, but he'd bring in the star power needed to attract the casual moviegoer who wouldn’t necessarily go for that type of movie.
As for Elgort, the actor is a rising star in Hollywood who would attract the YA crowd, and a solid actor to boot. He’s been part of the Divergent series since the first movie was released in 2014, and he has starred in the Carrie reboot and The Fault in Our Stars. He'll soon star in Billionaire Boys Club alongside Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts and Kevin Spacey.
There’s no news as to which role Elgort is in talks for, but I’m guessing he’ll play the young lead. What do you think of Ansel Elgort possibly headlining the new Dungeons & Dragons movie?