First Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer Drops, Nails The Charisma Check

First Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer Drops, Nails The Charisma Check
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The first trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves dropped last night and, god help me, it looks pretty fun.

The trailer introduces the film’s core party, five heroes comprising some classic D&D character archetypes. Chris Pine is playing a bard, and Michelle Rodriguez is a barbarian. Justice Smith is playing a spellcaster. Regé-Jean Page is a paladin (and maybe a rogue multiclass based on that spring-loaded sword-dagger-thing he’s got), and Sophia Lilis looks like she’s playing a druid, based on that owlbear wild shape.

The trailer indicates that our party are a group of thieves who took a job from the wrong person and must now right the wrong. How, exactly, do a group of thieves solve a problem created by thievery? With more thievery, of course.

This is a classic D&D setup, and one that will be familiar to most long-time players. It’s everyone’s first D&D campaign turned into a movie. These characters are just like the ones everyone makes the first time they play D&D. Everyone is a witty rockstar, an idealised version of the archetype. Everyone has just learned their first very important lesson regarding actions and consequences. Hugh Grant plays the swishy, British quest giver who will definitely turn out to be the bad guy later. And Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love is playing over the top of it, exactly the kind of contemporary track a new DM would use for mood music.

The trailer is also packed with references to the game. Displacer beasts, gelatinous cubes, owlbears, the druid casts Stone Shape at one point. This is good stuff. If you’d like more trailer easter eggs, the official D&D channel was ready with a breakdown of all the best ones.

Alright, let’s gather round and judge the trailer. Sound off in the comments: are you gonna see it? Wait for streaming? Is this the kind of D&D movie you hoped to see? Let me know.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves arrives in theatres March 3, 2023.

Comments

  • Just based on this trailer alone, it’s a hard yes. Looks like they’re succeeding in bringing this to a mass audience without taking away things that make DND what it is.

    Chris Pine IMO is the best Chris –
    and I’ve been watching most of Michelle Rodriguez’s work since girl fight, she can act, when she’s allowed to – and to me, she was one of the first actresses who has been championing gaming since forever.

    The gelatinous cube was so so cool.

    The only thing that could make this better would be if they got Vin Diesel to play his drow character, or Ken Jeong.

    • Pine is certainly the most appropriate Chris to play a bard, and always love Michelle Rodriguez getting to be a sassy badass! Owlbear druid is also giving me Keyleth from Vox Machina vibes. 🙂

      Great seeing stuff like mimics and goo blocks so far, but I’m hoping there might also be some in-jokes about the sort of technical abuses of artificers and physicists like the peasant railgun or gatling wands.

      • “Owlbear druid”

        Defs going with the Rule of Cool > Rules as Written code of conduct, and I’m fine with that!

  • If this trailer was a drinking game, I’d be stretched out on the floor by the end of the two minutes. I’m in!

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