Chris Pine Charms His Way Through Streaming’s Latest Hit Movie
Chris Pine stars in Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, the #1 streaming movie on Paramount+.
While Marvel has dominated the year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Scream fans finally saw the sixth installment come to life, one undersung fantasy feature is finally getting its fair due on Paramount+. According to FlixPatrol, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is now in the #1 position on the streaming platform Paramount+. The Chris Pine-led movie brought the live-action role-playing game to life on a massive scale that deserves to be seen by any fans of fantasy and action films.
Set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the beloved board game, Honor Among Thieves follows a charismatic thief and his team of bandits as they go on a harrowing mission to save the world from their own accidental undoing. Along with Chris Pine, the film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Sophia Lillis, Justice Smith, and Hugh Grant and comes from filmmakers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the script alongside Michael Gilio.
After celebrating its debut at South by Southwest back in early March, Honor Among Thieves made its way into screens around the world on March 31. Raking in over $207 million worldwide, the film was deemed a success for Paramount Pictures and is still holding its own against other top performers of the year, including the aforementioned Scream VI and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In particular, critics loved the witty and snappy writing styles of the team behind the screenplay and performances by Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, and the rest of the A-list call sheet.
Because they didn’t expect it to be as much of a hit as it was, John Francis Daley admits that he and the rest of the team backing the production never had it in their minds to have Honor Among Thieves kick off a franchise. With that being said, he would consider building on the characters played by the original lineup of Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and the others should more films be greenlit. The good news for Dungeons and Dragons fans is that a spin-off television series is already in the works but will likely stray from the Honor Among Thieves cast and storyline, striking out on its own.
Perhaps part of the reason that John Francis Daley and the others working on Honor Among Thieves never intended to continue the story of Chris Pine as the charming lute-playing thief is because of the massive failure that befell the first shot of giving the board game an on-screen makeover. Back in 2000, Courtney Solomon first took the reins on a Dungeons and Dragons adaptation which starred Thora Birch, Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans, Jeremy Irons, Kristen Wilson, Zoe McLellan, Lee Arenberg, and Richard O’Brien. The film was majorly panned by critics but, despite being a box office blunder, it received not only one but two follow-ups by way of TV movie and direct-to-DVD release.
As many studios are finding, waiting a few decades for the negative impressions of a failed franchise to die down is key in giving them another shot at attaining that comeback glory. With films like Haunted Mansion and Fantastic Four receiving their second chances, it was only a matter of time for fans to be cheering on the latest Dungeons and Dragons reboot. On a much different scale, even Chris Pine understood this from his time at the helm of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek films.
Speaking of Star Trek, fans have been waiting since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond to see more of Chris Pine on the big screen as Captain James T. Kirk. While whispers surrounding a fourth installment in the money-making franchise have long been heard, the more time that passes, the less likely it seems for Paramount to move forward with the film. After WandaVision director Matt Shakman left the feature to instead work on the Fantastic Four reboot, the studio dropped Star Trek 4 from its release calendar, leaving us without a clear idea of its direction.
As for where audiences can next expect to see Chris Pine, the Wonder Woman actor’s voice will next be heard as the bad guy in Disney’s animated feature, Wish, which is slated to land in theaters on November 22. Beyond that, he’ll appear in the titular role in the comedy, Poolman, which will also serve as his directorial debut. While a release date hasn’t been announced at this time, audiences can expect to see Pine team up with a killer cast that includes Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ariana DeBose, Ray Wise, and DeWanda Wise.