DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros’ fantasy film Dungeons And Dragons, the movie based on the role-playing game that began in 1974 and has built a multi-generational cult following worldwide, is moving forward with word coming that YA favorite Ansel Elgort is in early negotiations to star in the project — a primo role for any actor.
Dungeons And Dragons, to be directed by Rob Letterman, has been a top priority film for Warner Bros. which is looking for new franchises to invigorate the studio. The property was, at one point, the center of litigation as who had the rights. That was resolved last August.
David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) scripted the fantasy story for the studio. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee are producing.
Dungeons And Dragons is a fantasy adventure centering on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure. It’s known that Vin Diesel has also expressed interest in being part of the film as he has been a fan of and played the game for more than 20 years. What role, if any, he may take is yet to be determined, but with as big of a social media presence that he has, it seems a no-brainer.
Elgort catapulted onto the big screen with the reboot of Carrie and then Divergent before hitting gold with The Fault In Our Stars. He has since been tapped for the entire Divergent series as well as such films as Baby Driver and Billionaire Boys Club.
Elgort is repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management.