The campaign to bring Dungeons & Dragons back to the big screen has officially begun, and Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping it rolls a natural 20 with the first member of the film’s cast.
The Fault in Our Stars and The Divergent Series actor Ansel Elgort is reportedly in negotiations to play a lead role in the upcoming movie based on the popular role-playing game. The exact role he might play is unknown, but the film will feature a script by The Conjuring 2 and Wrath of the Titans screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.
Deadline initially reported Elgort’s involvement with the film, and stressed that the actor is still in early talks for the role, so nothing is official at this point.
In April, it was announced that Goosebumps and Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman was attached to helm the film, which will be the latest in a series of attempts to adapt the game for the screen. An animated series based on Dungeons & Dragons first premiered in 1983, and was followed by a live-action film in 2000 that underperformed at the box office and failed to spawn the big-screen franchise that the studio had hoped for. It did, however, generate the 2005 made-for-television sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God and the 2012 direct-to-video sequel Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness.
The upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie was first announced in 2013, and, after a brief legal tussle over the rights to make the movie — Hasbro owns the game’s parent company, Wizards of the Coast — Warner Bros. pushed ahead with the project.
There’s currently no production timetable for the Dungeons & Dragons movie.