Details Emerge as Peter Dinklage Nears Knights of Badassdom
Last August, word came (via SlashFilm) that director Joe Lynch was working on a comedy adventure film called The Knights of Badassdom. Described as a "heavy metal adventure" the only detail uncovered was that the story is about LARPers (Live Action Role-Players like those in Role Models) who accidentally cast a real spell and bring a real demon into our world. But now with casting underway, not only did Bloody Disgusting hear that Peter Dinklage (the "angry elf" who battled Will Ferrell in Elf) is in talks to join the project, but they uncovered quite a hefty plot synopsis (paraphrased below) with plenty of story details.
No word on exactly what role Dinklage is being offered, and while I hate to lump him into that category, there are fantasy characters like elves in the story. Anyway, here's the gist of the plot synopsis being used for casting purposes right now which Bloody Disgusting had up a little while ago, but has since been removed:
A huge group of dedicated, costumed LARP-ers (Live Action Role-Players), dressed like knights, elves & various characters, give up their cell phones and take to the woods for the Central New Jersey Knights of Badassdom Adventure Society, where they are set to re-enact a dungeons and dragons scenario right out of the mythical Middle Ages. But when a make-believe wizard casts a spell from an ancient book bought on eBay, fantasy becomes reality as an actual demon manifests itself with a taste for blood and souls. Do these pretend warriors have the real courage to stand up and fight to save themselves and the rest of humanity?
No doubt seeing a group of nerds who pretend to fight fantasy creatures and villains actually having to step up and fight evil is a comedy goldmine. It feels like this could very well have a similar tone to Ghostbusters, seamlessly combining comedy with great action sequences, but I don't want to hype it up too much this early on. Hopefully we won't have too much medieval, fantasy comedy with David Gordon Green's Your Highness on the horizon. There's gotta be enough room for both of them! Stay tuned as more casting news arrives and as more details on the project hit. For now, I can't wait to hear more about this, so we'll keep you updated.