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Dream Casting: Dungeons & Dragons

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Jul 26, 2018

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has been having an upsurge in popularity recently. With that in mind, it makes sense to revisit the idea of a Dungeons & Dragons movie, now that people have had time to forget the 2000 effort. Full disclosure, I only found out there is actually a movie in the works after I put this cast together. Fortunately, there aren't enough details out to completely contradict my take on it.

This is different from the movies I usually envision because there aren't specific characters. I just took inspiration from the art in the main D&D sourcebooks and put together a cast of archetypes that I think you could build a fun, upbeat fantasy adventure story around.

Winston Duke as a Human Fighter

Winston Duke as a Fighter

Winston Duke is a big, formidable-looking guy who would make a believable human fighter, and he deserves some starring roles after the impression he made in Black Panther.

Lauren Lapkus as a Gnome Ranger

Lauren Lapkus as a Gnome Ranger

Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) has a uniquely appealing look that will combine with special effects to make her a perfect gnome. She'll also be an upbeat and humorous presence in the movie.

Charlie Hunnam as a Noble Barbarian

Charlie Hunnam as a Noble Barbarian

With his hair and beard grown out, Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) will make for a weary, Viking-esque warrior.

Freem Agyeman as a Cleric

Freema Agyeman as a Cleric

In addition to being a great actress with a great look, Freema Agyeman (Sense8) has a serenity about her that suits the spiritual heart of an adventuring party.

Hannah Fierman as a Wild Druid

Hannah Fierman as a Wild Druid

In contrast, Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren) is all wild eyes and frantic movies, making her ideal to play someone who lives in nature, isolated from society.

Tao Okamoto as an Elf Wizard

Tao Okamoto as an Elf Wizard

Tao Okamoto (Westworld) has a timeless beauty perfect for an immortal elf, and the regal bearing to play a powerful wizard.

Beth Ditto as a Dwarf Paladin

Beth Ditto as a Dwarf Paladin

Musician Beth Ditto has been receiving praise for her film acting debut in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and I think her sense of confidence and swagger would serve her well as a dwarf warrior.

Sam Neill as an Evil Wizard

Sam Neill as an Evil Wizard

Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) has played a lot of creepy characters over the years, and with long hair and a long gray beard, he'll subvert the Gandalf/Dumbledore image into something much scarier.

Hugo Weaving as a Dragon

Hugo Weaving as a Dragon

Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Hobbit) is a mainstay of sci-fi/fantasy films, and he has exactly the sort of voice you want to hear when a dragon speaks.

Penn Badgley as a Tiefling Assassin

Penn Badgley as a Tiefling Assassin

Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) has spent most of his career getting cast for his good looks, but I think he'd make a great devil-human hybrid.

James Corden as a Halfling Merchant

James Corden as a Halfling Merchant

I just think James Corden (The Late Late Show) would make a good halfling, and he'd probably have fun doing a small role in the movie.