Dungeons & Dragons Targets Divergent Star Ansel Elgort
After finally settling a lengthy legal battle last year, Warner Bros., Hasbro's Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment finally teamed up for a feature film adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. Last month, it was confirmed that director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will take the helm on this fantasy adaptation, and now we have word that the first cast member is eyeing the project. Ansel Elgort (Divergent) is in early talks to star in the adaptation.
Deadline reports that if a deal is finalized, Ansel Elgort will have a "primo role" in the adaptation, although it isn't exactly clear which character he may be playing. While no story details have been revealed yet, producer Roy Lee revealed earlier this year that the story will be similar in tone to Guardians of the Galaxy, set in a "Tolkien-like universe." Warner Bros. hasn't issued an official release date for Dungeons & Dragons.
Rob Letterman is directing from a script by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2). Producer Roy Lee teased that the movie will be set entirely in the fantasy world, and that the Yawning Portal from the game will have a huge part in the story. Dungeons & Dragons was first adapted into a movie in 2000, starring Jeremy Irons, although it was a critical and commercial flop. This adaptation is said to take a much different approach to that earlier project. There were also rumors that Vin Diesel was wanted for this movie, but it isn't known if he has come aboard or not.
Dungeons & Dragons first became popular in 1974, and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The project was hung up in a legal battle for years over the rights to the property, which finally came to an end last year. Roy Lee will produce alongside Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and SweetPea Entertainment's Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman.
Ansel Elgort made his feature film debut just three years ago in the horror remake Carrie, and in 2014, he signed on to play Tris Prior's brother Caleb in Divergent. He has reprised that role for the sequels Allegiant, Insurgent and the franchise finale Ascendant, which hits theaters next spring. He also has a number of films in post-production such as Baby Driver, Billionaire Boys Club and November Criminals.