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.
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
"...But when a make-believe wizard casts a spell from an ancient book... Do these pretend warriors have the real courage to stand up and fight to save themselves and the rest of humanity?" Does it look like I give a F*ck? Send this movie to the gallows.
The Man With No Name on Jan 21, 2010
I can't tell what kinds of F*uck's you look like giving, all you did was type. Please try to be more effective at making arguments in the future. Love, That one guy.
that one guy on Jan 21, 2010
With all the great movies Peter Dinklage starred in you use the angry elf as his refrence. Sad.
Hale on Jan 21, 2010
#3 - Yeah i have to agree.
d1rEct on Jan 21, 2010
yea give the man some credit, hes been in much better roles than 'elf'. he was great on 30 rock, find me guilty, chronicles of narnia etc..
harrison on Jan 21, 2010
Where's the heavy metal part of this film? Nothing in that description says anything about music let alone metal. Now if they put some Dio, Black Sabbath, Priest in it then we might have a good time.
Moviegimp on Jan 21, 2010
Just saw a little bit of death at a funeral the other day. This guy peter dinklage is a great actor, lots of character. Every movie I see him in, or that show with Data from Star trek, he is just a dude. It amazes me and is proof he's a really great actor, because it's his personna and character that comes across first. If he wasn't a great actor it would be his size not his abiliites. I hope I get to see him in more roles because of that.
Big Zero on Jan 21, 2010
He's going to be Tyrionne from George RR Martin's a song of ice and fire. Hope they don't F\*k it up.
Big Zero on Jan 21, 2010
He was a great as Miles Finch, he was also very good in The Station Agent and Death at a Funeral.
Nasty Nate on Jan 21, 2010
I agree also with #3. Though I do remember his part in Elf obviously, the role as Trumpkin in Prince Caspian is what I remember th emost. He played that role very well.
jjboldt on Jan 21, 2010
"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." Brütal Legend: The Movie? Awsome!
twittwit on Jan 21, 2010
so true #3. Uh, "The Station Agent" (yes, I know not everyone's cup of tea, but great acting nonetheless), "Nip/Tuck", "Threshold", "Death At a Funeral" (can you tell I'm a huge fan of his 🙂 I think it's going to be hysterical...haven't checked out any other info on this movie, but with a good cast, it should be great. I like the premise. And maybe heavy metal refers to their fighting gear? Swords, shields, general old-timey weaponry 🙂
curlygurl on Jan 23, 2010
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