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Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith join Chris Pine for Dungeons and Dragons filming in Belfast
09 Feb 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Justice Smith, Michelle Rodriguez, and Chris Pine.
Directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Game Night) will helm the latest reboot of the popular fantasy epic. The pair have also written the latest version of the script based on a previous draft by Michael Gilio.

Justice Smith (Paper Towns) and Michelle Rodriquez (Fast & Furious) have join the cast of the blockbuster feature adaptation with actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) previously announced.

Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, and Paramount the rest of the world.

A filming start date has yet to be confirmed, however Northern Ireland Screen Chief Executive, Richard Williams, said it would come as a “great start” to 2021 following what the he described as an “extremely challenging” year with the coronavirus pandemic.

“…everyone’s willingness to embrace the difficulties, limitations, and challenges of working with Covid has meant that the sector has come through 2020 strongly and is well placed to grow again in 2021 and beyond,” Williams said.

Speaking at the end of last year, Williams stated they “already know next year will get off to a great start with Paramount Pictures having leased Titanic Studios as they prepare to shoot a new feature film, Dungeons & Dragons, here.”

Williams described 2020 as a year of “staggering resilience” within the screen industry: “While delivery of content was heavily delayed in 2020, the lockdown has reconfirmed the global appetite for good content and with new content in short supply it was enjoyable to see The Fall reach the top of the ratings on Netflix again and Line Of Duty attract a whole new audience to its five-season boxset on the iPlayer.” 

“It was also great to see Artemis Fowl launch to millions of Disney Plus subscribers around the world…many projects including New Regency’s The Northman and Jed Mecurio’s Line Of Duty have finally wrapped,” he said.

“That all of these projects will reach audiences (in 2021) is down to hard work, discipline and determination on the part of the teams behind them,” Williams concluded.

Filming is expected to commence on Dungeons & Dragons early in 2021.

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