The first photos of the Dungeons & Dragons set bring swords, banners and a castle


It’s a busy old time in the north of England for moviegoers. With Mission Impossible 7 shooting last week, Indy 5 filming started over the weekend and now the first photos of Dungeons & Dragons have arrived online, giving fans a very small glimpse into the burgeoning production – sword shots and more. The film is currently filming at Alnwick Castle in the North East of England and will be there for the next few days, while Harrison Ford and the Indy 5 the moving train is just down the road making this a great opportunity for locals to pop out their telescopic lenses and try to pick up a little souvenir.

While the footage didn’t show any of the main characters or give any major plot details, it was enough to give a little taste of the kind of feel the film is after. With banners adorning the old structure and another image showing a tattooed, armored bald man dressed in black indulging in swordplay, there is enough to start what will surely be a long road of hype to that the film hits theaters in 19 months. Seems so far away, doesn’t it?

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With the film already confirmed to be set in the Forgotten Realms, the expectation based on the new footage is that Alnwick Castle will become Neverwinter, a well-known town of the Forgotten Realms. Alnwick Castle is no stranger to blockbuster fantasies, having been used as a venue in Transformers: The Last Knight and the first two Harry potter films, as well as a prominent place in Kevin Costner’s film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and TV series Downton abbey. Here are some of the images that have made their way onto the net.

Based on the ever popular tabletop role-playing game, and not as some would hope from the ’80s cartoon series, Dungeons & Dragons will be the second time the franchise has been made as a live-action film. Over two decades ago in 2000, a cast including Thora Birch and Jeremy Irons starred in the franchise’s first attempt to bring the franchise to the big screen, and it’s fair to say the story doesn’t treat it very well. The film exploded upon release and cost about $ 12 million less at the box office than its announced budget of $ 45 million. Despite this, two direct-to-DVD sequels followed in 2005 and 2012, but the less talked about the better.

This time around, we have a cast consisting of Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Justice Smith, and Hugh Grant. Plot details for the film have been as scarce as dragon teeth, so much of what is known is based on very rare comments and guesses. While this D&D certainly takes place in the Forgotten Realms, whether it’s the game itself – which sees players combine their efforts to tell a fantastic story in one of the many settings available – or whether the script will be a story built around 45 years of myth and legend that the game has grown as its tradition remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, is that if this movie fails, it will turn out to be an even more costly mistake than its predecessor.

This new approach Dungeons & Dragons is scheduled for March 3, 2023, so you might want to take your dice and play a game or more while you wait.

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