Benedict Cumberbatch would have been chosen in “Dungeons and Dragons”.
The 44-year-old actor – who narrated an animated short adaptation of the beloved tabletop fantasy role-playing game last month – is now set to be a part of the upcoming big-screen blockbuster starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Rege -Jean Page.
A source told The Sun’s Weird column: “After narrating the animated film, Benedict could not have been in the film version.
“Filming also took place in the UK so it was convenient for him in terms of travel.”
Cumberbatch is no stranger to the world of fantasy adaptations, having voiced both Smaug and Sauron in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy.
Meanwhile, “Dungeons & Dragons” – due for release in 2023 – was filmed on location at Wells Cathedral in Somerset and Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.
And earlier this year, it was reported that Hugh Grant had signed on to play the villain in the film.
At the time, it was noted that the plot of the film – which will be written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley – and how Hugh’s character would fit in were being kept under wraps.
“Dungeons & Dragons” – now owned by Hasbro – was designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR) and is a tactical warfare game played at the Using mythical miniatures and miniature platforms to create armies, kingdoms and polyhedral weapons and dice and are used to solve random events.
The game was previously brought to the big screen in a 2000 film starring Marlon Wayans, Zoe McLellan and Jeremy Irons, however, the film failed at the box office.