Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the upcoming adventure film, Dungeons and Dragons, The Sun is reporting. The Doctor Strange star is returning to the fantasy genre with the new drama, which is the screen adaptation of the popular tabletop roleplaying game franchise of the same name.
Cumberbatch will reunite with his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star, Chris Pine, and also star alongside Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant and Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page in Dungeons and Dragons. The movie is currently shooting in the UK at such locations as Wells Cathedral in Somerset and Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.
The new project won’t be the former Sherlock star’s first time working on the Dungeons and Dragons franchise. The Emmy Award-winning English actor, who reportedly wrapped his portrayal of the title character in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, about two months ago, also narrated the recent animated short film, Sleep Sound. The short serves as an origin story of the Drizzt Do’Urden from the Dungeons and Dragons game’s Forgotten Realms campaign.
The upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie was written, and is being directed, by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Details about the plot of the drama, which is set to be released on March 3, 2023, are currently being kept under wraps.
The new project will be the first Dungeons and Dragons live-action screen adaptation since the 2000 film of the same name. The Courtney Solomon-directed action-adventure fantasy drama, which starred Jeremy Irons and Zoe Mclellan, was a box office and critical disappointment.