Chris Pine battles undead military in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves trailer

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Chris Pine and his merry band of misfits battle a supernatural evil in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves.

With a cinematic launch simply two months away, Paramount Photos has launched a recent action-packed and goofy-but-fun trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves. The trailer has already racked up greater than 8 million views on YouTube, which bodes properly for the film’s field workplace reception.

As we have reported beforehand, Honor Amongst Thieves is about within the vastly common Forgotten Realms marketing campaign setting. The movie’s official premise is brief and candy: “An enthralling thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a misplaced relic, however issues go dangerously awry once they run afoul of the unsuitable folks.”

Stated charming thief is Elgin, a bard, who’s performed by Chris Pine. To defeat the evil that is been unleashed on the earth, he’ll want the energy of Holga, a barbarian (Michelle Rodriguez); braveness from Xenk (Regé-Jean Web page), a paladin; and magic due to Simon the Sorcerer (Justice Smith). Then there’s Doric (Sophia Lillis), a tiefling druid who can remodel right into a ferocious owlbear, which is useful throughout a combat. Pine envisions himself because the “planner” of the group and the participant of the lute. The solid additionally stars Hugh Grant as Forge Fitzwilliam the Rogue, Daisy Head because the Crimson Wizard of Thay, and Jason Wong as Dralas. Forged members from the D&D internet collection Crucial Function (which spawned the animated collection The Legend of Vox Machina) may also make cameo appearances.

Daisy Head plays the Red Wizard of Thay.
Enlarge / Daisy Head performs the Crimson Wizard of Thay.

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Paramount Photos delighted D&D followers finally yr’s San Diego Comedian-Con with a panel and the primary official trailer. That trailer, set to Led Zeppelin, leaned laborious into the humor and camp, which might definitely work in a fantasy journey setting. Grant likened the tone to Monty Python throughout final yr’s panel, however I famous on the time that the trailer additionally had “a few of the tacky irreverence of, say, A Knight’s Story.” I (nonetheless) think about {that a} good factor; it is consistent with these casual moments of irreverence that one finds in an precise D&D marketing campaign.

That very same tone is preserved on this newest trailer, which provides us a bit extra details about the plot and showcases the colourful group dynamics—the important thing to any profitable marketing campaign. And, in fact, there are many Easter eggs for D&D gamers to find. The trailer opens with Holga and Elgin about to be executed. “OK, chop it off,” Holga says with outstanding equanimity. That is as a result of she has a plan: beating away the armed guards whereas Elgin… tries to chop by way of his rope-bound arms by rubbing them on some stone stairs, which are not almost sharp sufficient for the job.

The group finds themselves in a tough spot.
Enlarge / The group finds themselves in a troublesome spot.

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As earlier than, we’re advised that Elgin and his fellow thieves helped “the unsuitable particular person steal the unsuitable factor and unleash the best evil the world has ever identified.” Minimize to an evil personage that appears quite a bit like Vecna, a traditional D&D character at present having fun with some mainstream fame due to Stranger Issues. However the social gathering’s instant formidable adversary appears to be the Crimson Wizard of Thay. Xenk supplies some backstory in regards to the Crimson Wizards, who created an undead military. Simon tries out a little bit of irony, which does not sit properly with Xenk, who says, “I discover irony is a blade that cuts he who wields it and most particularly.” Xenk is clearly the group killjoy, however he is additionally impressively competent and fearless. These are good attributes to have when battling a Crimson Wizard, an undead military, and numerous magical creatures introduced forth by mentioned wizard.

We additionally be taught a bit extra about Elgin, particularly that he misplaced “every little thing that ever mattered to me,” punctuated with a quick glimpse of his spouse and daughter in happier occasions. So for him, “There’s worse issues than dying,” and he is decided to see the search by way of to the top as a result of in any other case, what was all that sacrifice for? Elgin does discover himself in a decent spot at one level, and Forge is not more likely to provide help. “I do not wish to see you die,” Forge says. “Which is why I’ll go away the room.”

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves hits theaters on March 31, 2023, after debuting on the SXSW Movie Pageant on March 10. An eight-episode spinoff TV collection has already been ordered and is meant to be the cornerstone of a number of tasks that complement the movie.

Itemizing picture by YouTube/Paramount Photos

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