of Paramount and eOne Dungeons and Dragons It was the first major studio production to hit Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con in three years, featuring sword fights, a trailer debut, and the wildly funny and scene-stealing Hugh Grant making his first-ever Angle appearance.
After some initial technical difficulties with behind-the-scenes footage that was dropped and had to be restarted, masked convention-goers were delighted to see behind-the-scenes footage from the Northern Ireland set, which featured Chris Pine, Reggae-Jean Page and the stars. Michelle Rodriguez wears leather and armor and rides horses and is surrounded by fantastical creatures from the D&D universe as well as large-scale battle sequences.
Pine entered the stage with high kicks and high fives, followed by Rodriguez, Page, Sophia Lillis and Grant as the film’s villains.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daly – the duo behind the sleeper hit Game night – directed the film and spoke about his personal history with the game in a Hall H panel. “I have been an avid sportsman since I was 14 when I acted in the show Freaks and Geeks”, Daly said to generous applause. “Anyone who plays D&D knows it’s not just a game. It’s the feeling you get when you play the game.”
“It’s amazing to me that I didn’t discover it until I was 42,” Pine laughs. Rodriguez said she was playing a wild person and that the film “brought back memories of being a kid in the basement with friends.”
As for Grant, the moderator joked that the acclaimed British actor was a lifelong fan of live-action role-playing games.
Rifed Rodriguez: “I think you mixed it up with S&M.”
“She’s not wrong,” Grant batted back, teasing the audience with a pregnant pause. “I’ve been an avid dungeon master for a few years now. It’s a British pastime, almost a national sport.”
It was pointed out that this was Grant’s first Comic-Con, which received a standing ovation. Deadpanned Grant, “We tried to come along Sensation and sensitivity But turned away.”
The D&D game is known for its war games, treasure hunts, camaraderie, and changing fortunes, all in a fantasy setting that brings together humans, elves, orcs, and hundreds of other creatures. Plot details have been under wraps for a long time and not much is given away between panels. “There’s a lot of exploration in the film, I can tell you that,” said producer Jeremy Latcham. “There’s a ton of Easter eggs in there,” Daly added.
Two clips were shown during the presentation: the first showed heroes in war cemeteries, resurrecting corpses in search of special helmets. Another has Grant’s character inspecting a large Colosseum where the heroes are shown along with other groups of explorers, being chased by a murderous jaguar-esque creature while trying to make their way through a maze. The directors mentioned that they tried to use practical effects as much as they had VFX work.
Also debuting at Hall H was the film’s first trailer, in which Pine’s character begins, “We weren’t meant to unleash the greatest evil the world has known, but we’re going to fix it.” The trailer, which was backed by Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” then flashed through a huge fight sequence complete with an ax-wielding Rodriguez and creatures like an owl and a dragon, all complete with a booty-playing pine.
During the presentation, the cast also talked about the training that went into the production. “I had the best ass of my life,” joked Page of training for the film, where he plays a paladin. “We can do laundry on them,” Rodriguez offered.
On why he signed up for the project, Grant noted: “I don’t like all the scripts. I am notoriously negative. And to my surprise, I was sent a story that really made me laugh.” He compared the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The convention, which has been canceled or scaled back for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will see major studios like Marvel and Warner Bros./DC once again take to Hall H and debut with much-anticipated shows like Ring of Power And House of the Dragon.
Watch the trailer for Dungeons and Dragons below