Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ latest trailer displays its faithfulness to the source material with multiple classic DnD spells.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves‘ new trailer reveals the use of several classic spells from the DnD universe.
The trailer showcased multiple magical moments throughout, with several identifiable spells from Dungeons & Dragons‘ extensive catalog. Members of the Red Wizards, including the just-revealed Szass Tam, get the most on-screen magic uses in the trailer, with some using Scorching Ray, Animate Object and Shield. The Red Wizards use other less identifiable spells, though one looks like it could be Chill Touch, while another might be Finger of Death.
Honor Among Thieves References Classic DnD Spells
A brief shot shows Xenk the Paladin (Regé-Jean Page) battling someone using Green-Flame Blade. In a short but intense sequence, the trailer showcases the party fighting a Red Wizard and Simon the Sorcerer (Justice Smith) casting Magic Missile. During the fight that includes a spell that looks like it could be Chill Touch, a spectral hand gets grappled by Maximillian’s Earthen Grasp. Other previously seen magical moments, like Doric the tiefling Druid using a transportation spell to enter a secret room, are also featured.
Honor Among Thieves promos thus far have highlighted multiple DnD inclusions, which keep it accurate to the sourcebooks. Before its first trailer dropped during San Diego Comic-Con, the DnD film revealed a poster with various notable monsters from the books, like a snowy owl bear, a mimic, an intellect devourer and a displacer beast. Though it hasn’t commented on the specific spells showcased in its trailers, the film’s stars have commented on creating the magic from DnD lore.
Smith, who plays the Adventuring Party’s primary spellcaster, previously talked about his aversion to making magic in the film look like every other hand-waving interpretation. “I hate [in] movies, when they have magic powers, and they just go like this [gestures vaguely with hand],” he said. “I was like, ‘I want everything to be unique and creative.’
To avoid it, Smith said he incorporated sign language into each motion to make it feel more unique. Working with a choreographer and his knowledge of sign language, Smith created a new way to approach spellcasting in film. “I do a lot of spellcasting in the film, and I worked with this lovely choreographer to create unique gestures for each spell. And I know a bit of sign language, so I try to incorporate that [into] it,” Smith explained. “Whatever the spell does, I try to incorporate the word in sign language into the gesture of this spell. Not for every gesture.”
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves premieres on March 31.
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