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The days are long gone since Dungeons and Dragons were considered a game that nerds mostly played. In the 1970s, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson developed a tabletop game called Dungeons & Dragons. In this game, players take on the role of either a hero or a villain and act out their fantasies. The movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, produced by Paramount, is the most recent effort to adapt one of these quests into a live-action film. On the other hand, prior adaptations have yet to enchant the audience to the same degree as the millions of people who play Dungeons and Dragons worldwide.
The popularity of the game in recent years, which may be attributed to high-rated television episodes like Stranger Things, Critical Role, and The Legend of Vox Machina, has been one of the primary driving forces behind the successful completion of the project. With a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has shown to be exactly what fans and lovers of fantasy have been waiting for, even though its release was delayed for several years.
The film is an adaptation of a typical D&D campaign cliche, in which a mismatched cast of individuals is brought together for a specific objective. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Nevertheless, these outcasts finish a mission without realizing it, which jeopardizes the entirety of existence; as a result, they now have to go back and fix what they did incorrectly. The movie about a magnificent robbery first appeared in theaters on March 31, 2023, and enjoyed a successful box office run.
If you have yet to see the movie, here’s a rundown of all the characters who roll the dice, plus a few of the NPCs you’ll run into during the film.
Chris Pine as Edgin (The Bard)
Chris Pine, known for his charming and sincere performances, takes on the role of Edgin, a poet known for his sense of humor, daring, and love of fun. He heads the gathering and considers himself an expert party planner. He has more brains than brawn, is extremely persuasive, and can talk out of most predicaments with deft verbal maneuvering. Even though he is armed with the funniest one-liners, he is extremely cautious around his paladin buddy, Xenk, because he believes that Xenk is challenging him for his group leader position. Edgin’s wonderful melodies and reliable lute help lift his traveling companion’s spirits on those infrequent occasions when he cannot finagle his way out of a sticky situation.
Pine’s filmography is as rich as Edgin Bard’s musical pieces, ranging from action flicks like “Unstoppable” (2010) and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014) to his more famous nerdy excursions as “Captain James T. Kirk” in the Star Trek trilogy and “Steve Trevor” in the Wonder Woman film series respectively. Pine’s most recent work includes a starring role in the psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde and released in September of 2022.
Michelle Rodriguez as Holga (The Barbarian)
Holga, the barbarian, the strongest member of the group, is not nearly as merciless as her character cliché would have you believe. Her ex-husband, who she divorced for another woman, still holds a special place in her heart. She is the ideal foil for Chris Pine’s Edgin because she gets to the point and prefers to communicate through her actions rather than words. She is a truly badass warrior, and she is one of the first people to detect Edgin’s jealousy of their new friend, Xenk the Paladin, who is Paladin.
Holga is played by Michelle Rodriguez, who is most known for her part as Letty in the action-packed Fast and Furious franchise. In that movie, she does not shy away from throwing a few punches, a skill she unleashes with full fury in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Michelle Rodriguez stars as Holga. Holga is most recognized for her role as Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise. She had her most recent appearance as Letty Ortiz in the film F9 (2021), and she is scheduled to reprise the role in the film Fast X, which will be released on May 19.
Regé-Jean Page as Xenk (The Paladin)
Xenk the Paladin embodies the classic image of a valiant warrior dressed in armor. Due to the fact that they have access to such a diverse array of powers, it is widely considered to be one of the most popular classes among players of Dungeons & Dragons and any other role-playing game in general. The fact that Xenk brings honor to Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves begs the question of how a lawful and honorable knight like him ended up working with a gang of bandits in the first place. Even Holga, the most fierce fighter in the party, is impressed by his abilities, which include sword fighting and magical spellcasting.
Regé-Jean Page, who broke out as a star in the upcoming film Bridgerton (2020), plays the role of Xenk. The actor’s most recent performance was in The Gray Man, a film that was streamed on Netflix and in which he co-starred with Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame) and Ryan Gosling (First Man).
Justice Smith as Simon (The Sorcerer)
Simon, played by Justice Smith, fulfills the job of the sorcerer, which is essential to the functioning of any Dungeons and Dragons party. Even though he is more experienced and knowledgeable than his fellow citizens, he only considers himself an expert on some things. He acknowledges that he has much more to learn. His potent spells frequently rescue the party from various sticky circumstances, and the young sorcerer plays an important part in the game’s overarching narrative of its lore.
Justice Smith began his career as an actor in theater before landing his first part in the superhero comedy series The Thundermans (2014) on Nickelodeon. Since then, he has had roles in many well-known film and television properties, including the Jurassic World film series, and he was one of the main characters in the 2019 Pokémon film Detective Pikachu. Additionally, he provided the video game The Quarry (2022) with his voice, likeness, and motion capture for the game.
Sophia Lillis as Doric (The Tiefling Druid)
Doric, played by Sophia Lillis and portrayed as a Teifling Druid, is one of the later recruits to the party since the other characters are amazed by her ability to shapeshift. The druid, despite his childlike appearance, is a formidable opponent. Spellcasting, shapeshifting, and animal communication are just some of Teifling Druid’s abilities. All of their talents are largely derived from the natural world.
After playing Beverly Marsh, one of the key characters in the relaunched It horror film series, Lillis catapulted to stardom and became a household name. In the film adaptation of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019), she played Nancy Drew. In the film Gretel & Hansel (2020), she played Gretel. Her performance as Sydney Novak in the Netflix series I Am Not Okay with This (2020) garnered a lot of positive feedback.
Hugh Grant as Forge Fitzwilliam (The Rogue)
In Dungeons and Dragons, playing as a rogue does not automatically make you bad. Despite this, they are the most focused on their interests and will employ any strategy to help them advance their position. Hugh Grant, who plays the role of Forge Fitzwilliam, portrays him as a wolf in sheep’s clothes. He exploits his familiarity with the D&D setting and the experience he has gained playing the game to con the party into stealing an ancient item for him. This allows him to become a powerful adversary in the campaign’s storyline.
Hugh Grant is a well-known actor who has received several accolades for his work, including the British Academy Film Award and the Golden Globe Award. The performance of the actor in the films Maurice (1987), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and The Undoing (2020) brought him the most recognition.
Daisy Head as Sofina the Red Wizard
When the character who is supposed to be the film’s enemy asserts that you pose a greater danger than he does, you have proven that you are not someone to be trifled with. In an interview, Hugh Grant mentioned Sofina, a Red Wizard of Thay, as even more terrible than the rogue himself. Sofina is a member of Thay. She gives the impression of being Forge’s collaborator at first. Still, soon she exposes a nefarious plot that operates on a much wider scale than Forge’s plans. Daisy Head, who is known for her appearances in shows such as “Harlots” (which will premiere on Hulu in 2019) and “Shadow and Bone” (which will premiere on Netflix in 2021), portrays the evil character. The head is a skilled actress.