Debuting in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons quickly became a phenomenon, for all the right and wrong reasons. While the actual game was a groundbreaking tabletop RPG, putting player creativity and freedom above all else, the media at the time clung to the idea that J&D was harmful to children, apparently encouraging them to turn to Satanism. It’s absurd to think about it now, but for a while this corny table game was considered genuinely dangerous. Now Dungeons and Dragons is more popular than ever, with a movie titled Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves will be released early next year.
During San Diego Comic Con, Paramount released the first trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves, and the reception has been positive. The Dungeons and Dragons IP has always had incredible cinematic potential, but over the past few decades its offerings have been ridiculously poor. But with this trailer, it looks like the J&D the brand may finally be in good hands. With tons of Easter eggs and references in the trailer, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves looks like it could be fan service at its finest.
Major references in the Dungeons And Dragon trailer
The Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves The trailer might only be two minutes long, but it has a plethora of easter eggs in this runtime. The most obvious nods to the tabletop RPG are its characters, each of which falls into one of J&Demblematic courses. Chris Pine plays Edgin, a bard; Michelle Rodriguez is a barbarian named Holga; ex-Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page plays a paladin named Xenk; Justice Smith plays Simon, a wizard; Hugh Grant is a thief named Forge; and Sophia Lillis is Doric, a druid.
The D&D: Honor Among Thieves The trailer is also full of monsters and creatures, all of which were pulled straight from the tabletop game. During an arena segment of the trailer, the Displacer Beast and the Gelatinous Cube can be seen. The first is a panther with Venus Fly Trap tentacles protruding from its back, and is able to bend light to hide its position. Meanwhile, the latter is a literal gelatinous cube that dissolves its prey over time. An acid-spitting black dragon and a classic fire-spitting red dragon were also seen in the trailer, decimating an army of humans.
The trailer also gives fans a brief glimpse of a Mimic, which takes on the appearance of a treasure chest to entice adventurers before revealing an absurdly long tongue and hundreds of razor-sharp teeth. dark souls fans should be very familiar with these Mimic Chests. At the end of the trailer, an iconic Owlbear is teased as Lillis’ druid persona transforms into a character using magic, presumably the Wildshape spell – which, by 5th edition rules, some believe she technically couldn’t do.
Some iconic Dungeons and Dragons locations have also been revealed, looking solid in live-action. The city of Waterdeep is one such location, being one of the most important in 5th Edition as the setting for a host of politically-focused quests, as well as the location of a number of wealthy characters. The underground city of Underdark was also shown, with magical lighting used to give it its otherworldly appearance. The last location named in the trailer appears to be Icewing Dale, which is basically just a large frozen landmass.
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves theatrical releases in March 2023.
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