Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith have joined the cast of Dungeons & Dragons, the new live-action feature-length adaption from eOne and Paramount of Hasbro’s popular board game according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie stars Chris Pine of Star Trek fame and is directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who recently directed the sleeper hit Game Night from New Line.
The veteran Rodriguez has appeared in a string of hit movies. Best known for her work in the Resident Evil and Fast & Furious stable of movies, Avatar, Battle: Los Angeles, S.W.A.T., and both Machette films, Rodriguez brings a strong physicality to the screen in her performances which often challenge perceived notions of femininity and masculinity. Smith had his breakthrough performance in the 2015 film Paper Towns, before starring in Detective Pikachu, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and The Get Down.
Smith made headlines last year when he came out and revealed his relationship with fellow actor Nicholas Ashe. The pair famously came out as boyfriends via Instagram last June in a post discussing the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the country to protest systems of racial oppression and police violence against people of color in New Orleans last June.
“Nicholas Ashe and I protested today in New Orleans,” he wrote at the time. “We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter’ ‘All Black Lives Matter.’ As a Black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added.”
The post was the first known time Smith had spoken publicly about his sexuality.
Ashe returned the favor with some very public birthday wishes, saying Smith had been “the author of all my recent smiles” and that his boyfriend made him “feel safe, seen, heard, inspired, admired.”
Rodriguez’s most recent Furious franchise film, F9, is slated for a May release, while Smith has just completed shooting for Jurassic World: Dominion. No release date has been announced for Dungeons & Dragons.