Hugh Grant Steals Dungeons & Dragons Comic-Con Panel

THe first shot from the film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was revealed in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H on Thursday. The movie, due in 2023, will center on a rag-tag group of adventurers which includes characters played by Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, and Hugh Grant.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writer-directors of this film were vague about their plot. Our heroes seek an unknown object that they believe will solve a problem. According to the footage, this quest involves running into monsters and digging up dead bodies in order to get answers.

Comedy by Daley and Goldstein in 2018 Game NightCo-authored Spider-Man’s Homecoming. So perhaps it’s unsurprising that the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel suggested that this will be a humor-heavy script. Daley was a star in Hollywood’s cast of Geeks and FreaksThe game was first introduced to Grant when he was 14 years old and was working on the show’s cult-hit series. Grant explained that Grant had written the script. Monty Python vibe to it—high praise from an actor who says he considers himself a notoriously negative person.

When the panel moderator joked that his notes said Hugh Grant, who was attending Comic-Con for the first time, was a longtime D&D fan, Michelle Rodriguez cracked that she thought they mixed up Grant’s nonexistent love for D&D with his love of S&M. “I’ve been an enthusiastic dungeon master for some years now. That’s a British pastime. Nearly a national sport. I believe that’s why the Jonathans thought of me for this role—my reputation.”

Hugh Grant is seen in the trailer Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves


The panel made much of Grant’s romantic history. Fan, identified as a reader of Grant by the panel Horse and Hound (a cheeky callback to Grant’s film Notting HillGrant responded by naming his favorite animal. “It’s always been a nickname in the bedroom.” When Regé-Jean Page said swinging a sword got his butt into “the best shape of his life,” Grant cracked that he too worked on his posterior a lot during the film.

When a young fan asked the cast what props they would want to take from set, one of the directors warned Grant, “It’s a child asking the question.” That did not deter Grant, who had already stolen the panel with his quips. “For many years, I always take home a couple of extras. I’ve got quite a few now,” he said. “And on this one I have a few pretty extras I’m very very pleased with. They’re in my dungeon now.”

Grant wasn’t so confused. Dungeons & DragonsChris Pine claimed that he arrived in Dungeons & DragonsHe did so in his 40s and through his family. But he’s become a quick lover of the game. “If there’s one game that should be played in every single high school across the nation, it should be D&D. You can get the bully and the jock—of course I only speak in John Hughes terms—all in one room and I guarantee you in 20 minutes they won’t remember who the bully is or who the dork is,” he said. “They’ll just want to have a good time.”

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