It can’t be easy to lose a dream role like playing a young Han Solo in his own pre-Star Wars adventure to be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, but so far as consolation prizes go, getting to lead a new Dungeons and Dragons movie isn’t terrible. The movie maybe terrible, that is to say, but the idea is not. Ansel Elgort, star of The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series, was on the short list for a solo Solo, but now he’ll just have to settle on leading the cast of an all new movie based on the beloved role-playing game.

Don’t ask who Elgort is going to play because we have no idea. (The news of the casting comes from Deadline, who also have no idea.) What we do know is that the script for the film will come from The Conjuring 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson, and that Rob Letterman of last year’s surprise hit Goosebumps has been hired to direct. Elgort is the first member of the cast to officially come aboard the long anticipated, but still pending production.

Last August, the rights issues around D&D were finally resolved allowing the movie to go forward. Basically, Warner Bros and Hasbro (who own D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast) thought that Sweetpea Entertainment had overstepped its bounds announcing a new movie in 2013 because their claim to the rights had expired. The last big screen Dungeons & Dragons movie was directed Courtney Solomon (who’s still onboard as a producer) and starred Jeremy Irons and Thorna Birth. It was less than well-received, and that’s being generous. It was followed by two direct-to-DVD sequels, so in reality, the prospects for a Dungeons & Dragon movie has no where to go but up.

No release date, or start date for production, has been set for Dungeons & Dragon but we’ll keep you posted with any new developments.

Source: Coming Soon

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