The official trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has been released, featuring many different story hints and reveals about the more expansive D&D universe. The film will be directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and is set in the famous Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons and Dragons universe. The film centers on Chris Pine’s Edgin the Bard and his need to build a team of thieves after unwittingly unleashing evil upon the world.
The film is set to premiere in March 2023 and will look to kickstart a Dungeons and Dragons film series. After the recent success of Amazon Prime’s The Legend of Vox Machina, D&D-inspired adaptations seem to be becoming increasingly popular. With many Easter eggs and references to wider Dungeons and Dragons lore alongside many story hints for this specific film, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ official trailer is chock-full of reveals and secrets.
15 Honor Among Thieves Will Follow Classic D&D Unpredictability
One immediately clear thing about Honor Among Thieves is how it will follow classic D&D campaigns’ unpredictability. The trailer begins with Chris Pine’s Edgin and Michelle Rodriguez’s Holga being arrested and almost executed by soldiers. As is also known from the marketing material, the film will see the duo building a team to help save the world. These completely polar opposite situations highlight the unpredictability of D&D campaigns that can see players go from one extreme to the other in often humorous circumstances.
14 Michelle Rodriguez’s Holga Is The Team’s Main Strength
This scene with Holga and Edgin being almost executed also highlights how the former will be the team’s main strength. The scene then sees Holga dispatching the guards tasked with executing the duo with relative ease while also having her hands bound. This is juxtaposed by Eding’s humorously pathetic attempts to unshackle himself while linking to Holga’s Barbarian D&D role. In the original game, Barbarians come alive in the heat of battle and can even imbue themselves with superhuman strength and durability.
13 The Red Wizards Will Be Honor Among Thieves’ Main Villains
One thing that Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ main trailer makes clear is the nature of the film’s villains. After only mentioning that the main group helped the wrong person steal the wrong thing, this trailer makes it clear that the villain in question is a Red Wizard. In D&D lore, Red Wizards exist in the Forgotten Realms setting and were the nefarious magocratic ruling class of Thay. The majority of their numbers dedicate themselves to one specific type of magic.
12 Honor Among Thieves’ Red Wizards Will Follow D&D Lore
That magic is necromancy, with the Red Wizards often dedicating themselves to creating a nation of undead soldiers. In the trailer, Regé-Jean Page’s Xenk explains that the Red Wizards are doing just that, building an army of undead warriors to take over the world. This proves how Honor Among Thieves will take liberties within the lore of the Forgotten Realms by using certain elements, only changing them to fit the story of the film.
11 Regé-Jean Page’s Paladin Will Link To The Red Wizards
As mentioned, Xenk the Paladin seems to be connected to the Red Wizards somehow. This is hinted at in the trailer, with Xenk knowing the most about the Red Wizards, their plan, and their powers. Xenk is shown giving the other characters this information and could link to them through his Paladin background. Paladins are known to be excellent fighters, both with weaponry and spellcasting. Paladins also take an oath to fight against evil and protect innocents, which likely links to Xenk’s dedication to stopping the Red Wizards in Honor Among Thieves.
10 Edgin And Holga Build A Team To Oppose The Red Wizards
Besides Xenk, Edgin, and Holga, other team members will be gathered to help oppose the Red Wizards and save the realm. These consist of Justice Smith as Simon the Sorcerer. In D&D, Sorcerers are a class of arcane magic wielders who often are born with innate magical abilities, unlike other spellcasters such as Wizards. The other team member is Doric, a tiefling Druid. Druids are similar to Sorcerers in that they wield incredible arcane power, though these powers usually come from a connection to nature, deities, or spirits.
9 Hugh Grant’s Villainous Rogue Will Put The Team In A Coliseum
Aside from the Red Wizard of Thay, Hugh Grant’s Forge Fitzwilliam the Rogue will also be an antagonist in the film. At some point, Fitzwilliam will capture the central team and place them in a coliseum to face off against numerous D&D creatures. As Fitzwilliam is a Rogue, a class from D&D that are masters of stealth and other skillful tricks, the film will likely portray him as a survivalist, probably selfishly serving the Red Wizard in return for his life. He also could have been wronged by the group of thieves, which leads to him using the coliseum as revenge.
8 Chris Pine’s Edgin The Bard Will Have A Tragic Past
One of the few hints at the characters’ backstories in Honor Among Thieves, outside the knowledge of their respective D&D classes, comes in the official trailer from Edgin the Bard. At one point, Edgin explains to Simon that he has lost everything that ever mattered to him, which will be for nothing if they fail. This is accompanied by a shot of what is presumable to be Edgin’s wife. This hints at a tragic past before his days as a thief, or potential motivation for his thieving, that will be affected by his choices and releasing the Red Wizards’ power.
7 Honor Among Thieves Offers A Greater Look At Doric’s Owlbear Form
One thing confirmed from the first trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is that Doric the Druid can shape-shift into an Owlbear. All Druids possess the ability to shape-shift into any of nature’s creatures, with Doric mostly using the form of the Owlbear. In D&D, Owlbears are ferocious, aggressive beasts of the wild that are often viewed as one of the most feared predators in the realm. This drew some controversy, with Owlbears being classified as monstrosities rather than beasts.
6 Honor Among Thieves Features A Displacer Beast
Another classic D&D creature showcased in the trailer for Honor Among Thieves is a Displacer beast. In the film, a Displacer beast will be pitted against the team in the aforementioned coliseum environment. Displacer beasts are large, cat-like creatures with two tentacles spawning from their shoulders that end in spiky edges. The trailer showcases this beast attacking Doric and Simon as they dive into another familiar D&D creature.
5 The Classic D&D Monster Gelatinous Cube Will Appear In Honor Among Thieves
That monster is a Gelatinous cube, a mysterious creature made of mindless, gelatinous matter that preys on anything and anyone in the realm. Gelatinous cubes are mindless predators who roam ancient crypts and envelop anything that crosses their path. Some extra strong creatures can escape ensnarement by a Gelatinous cube, as will probably be the case in Honor Among Thieves are Doric and Simon are enveloped.
4 Holga Will Face Off Against A Mimic In Honor Among Thieves
Another D&D creature shown to be present in the coliseum sequence of the film is a Mimic. Mimics are strange predators that take the form of mundane household objects to attract prey, commonly shown as chests of some kind. This is shown in Honor Among Thieves, with Holga fighting a Mimic in chest form.
3 Honor Among Thieves Features Classic D&D Spell, Bigby’s Hand
Honor Among Thieves’ trailer showcases an iconic D&D spell made famous by the online Critical Role campaigns, Bigby’s Hand. Bigby’s Hand is a spell that allows the caster to summons a giant hand that can be used in various ways. From attacking enemies to helping allies, Bigby’s Hand is highly useful. In the trailer, the Red Wizard conjures a giant red hand to capture Doric, which is likely a reference to Bigby’s Hand.
2 Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Will Feature A Red Dragon
The ending shot of the Honor Among Thieves trailer features a Red dragon, a classic creature from Dungeons and Dragons lore. In the original game, Red dragons are evil creatures only interested in their own survival and the extension of their treasure hoards. In many different lands, Red dragons are often considered the archetypal evil dragon as they are the largest and most powerful. The Honor Among Thieves trailer ends with a Red dragon attacking the film’s central crew.
1 Honor Among Thieves Nails The Vibe Of A D&D Campaign
The final thing that the trailer for Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves highlights is how perfectly it captures the vibe of D&D campaigns. Often, Dungeon Masters in D&D campaigns try to tell epic stories that result in numerous silly aspects added by the players. This makes most D&D campaigns consist of equal parts epicness and silliness, something that Honor Among Thieves’ trailer perfectly captures. From Edgin’s silly jokes to the epic battle sequences, the film looks to perfectly capture the feel of classic D&D campaigns for the big screen.