Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith have closed deals to star in the film adaptation of “Dungeons & Dragons,” Hasbro’s popular game franchise from Wizards of the Coast, according to an individual with knowledge of the project. Rodriguez and Smith join Chris Pine, who is attached to star. Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, and Paramount distributing in the rest of the world. Also Read: Chris Pine in Talks to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Jonathan Goldstein and Jonathan Francis Daley are set to direct the film from a screenplay they’ve written, based on a draft by Michael Gilio. Goldstein and Daley previously wrote the screenplay for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and they last directed the Warner Bros. and New Line film “Game Night.” Jeremy Latcham is producing through his deal with studio eOne — Hasbro’s entertainment arm — as is Hasbro’s Brian Goldner. “Dungeons & Dragons” — based on the tabletop fantasy game “Dungeons & Dragons,” or “D&D” as it’s often called by gamers and the kids on “Stranger Things” — will be one of the first under Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures banner. The company also has projects inspired by other toys, including “Mr. Potato Head” and “My Little Pony,” as well as a movie based on “Monopoly” that’s set up at Lionsgate starring Kevin Hart. More than 40 million fans have interacted with or played “D&D” since it was first published 46 years ago, including videogames and livestream entertainment on Twitch and YouTube. Rodriguez, who will next be seen in the next installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise is repped by David Markman and DLA Piper. Smith, whose credits include “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” is repped by WME, The Kohl Group and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Read original story Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith to Star in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ At TheWrap
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On January 31, a 91-year-old Asian man was attacked in San Francisco’s Chinatown district. The victim was one of three elderly Asian people attacked recently in the area, which has seen an increase in violent assaults targeting the Asian community, NBC Bay Area reports. In an effort to aid in the apprehension of the assailant, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu have teamed up to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. According to the Oakland Police, a “person of interest” has been identified thanks to tips from the community; that person has been held in custody since February 1 on charges related to another case.
Christina Milian has been cast in the leading role of Collette for Starz’s “Step Up” TV series, a part originally played by the late Naya Rivera, the pay TV channel said Monday. Rivera played the character in the former YouTube series’ first two seasons, and was set to continue on with the project when it was picked up at Starz for a third. Following Rivera’s tragic death at the age of 33 last July in a drowning accident, an individual with knowledge said the team decided to recast the role with the support of the cast, producers and Rivera’s family. Showrunners considered a wide variety of factors, including the highly serialized nature of the show and the fact that Collette is so central to the storytelling before making the decision. Also Read: ‘Step Up’ Season 3 Production Schedule ‘Had Not Yet Been Determined’ Prior to Pandemic “Naya’s death was a terrible loss to our world that we will, frankly, never stop mourning,” “Step Up” series creator and executive producer Holly Sorensen said. “It was almost impossible to consider there could be someone so graceful and loving who could both help us honor our loss, while also bringing a deep reservoir of talent to our show, in so many areas. Christina is an exceptional human and a dazzling performer and we are so happy she has joined our family.” Millian added, “I am so excited to join the ‘Step Up’ family. I know I have massive shoes to fill. Naya was incredible. I hope to honor Naya, her family, friends and fans with a great performance.” Along with Milian, the “Step Up” TV series will see Ne-Yo return in his co-starring role as Sage Odom, along with returning series regulars Faizon Love (“Uncle Al”), Jade Chynoweth (“Odalie”), Carlito Olivero (“Davis”), Terrence Green (“Rigo”), Eric Graise (“King”), and Kendra Oyesanya (“Poppy”) and previously announced Tricia Helfer (“Erin”) who joins the cast in a series regular role. Also Read: Naya Rivera’s Family Sues Ventura County Over ‘Glee’ Star’s Death “There is no replacing Naya. Let’s get that straight. Her spirit lives on in our memories and every part of what this show is and will be,” Ne-Yo added. “Christina has big shoes to fill and she knows it, which speaks to her poise and respect as a person and an artist. I’m more than certain of her ability to bring an energy and light to this character that Naya’s fans as well as the rest of the world will love. We’ve welcomed Christina with absolute open arms and have rallied around her with love and support. I’m excited and can’t wait for the world to see this!” The series, inspired by Lionsgate’s “Step Up” film franchise that grossed over $600 million at the worldwide box office, centers on Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) as the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Art School. The first two seasons of the series, which include Rivera’s performance, will begin airing Fridays on Starz at 8 p.m. on March 5. Season 3 of the show began filming in Atlanta this month. Sorenson, Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will executive produce the series along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who both co-starred in the original “Step Up” film, and Erik Feig, Bill Brown and Dawn Wilkinson. Read original story Christina Milian to Replace the Late Naya Rivera in Starz’s ‘Step Up’ TV Series At TheWrap
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