Dungeons & Dragons filmed by NI, a £43m treasure chest for the local economy

More than 500 locals worked behind the scenes of the £120 million budget film, released today in cinemas around the world.

It was filmed on location in Northern Ireland and at Titanic Studios in Belfast between May and August 2021.

While the crew faced challenges related to the pandemic, they also filmed at the Clandeboye Estate, Tollymore Forest, Ballintoy Beach, Carrickfergus Castle, Glenarm Castle, Fairhead and Dunseverick Castle.

The film stars a number of Hollywood stars, including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant.

Its UK premiere took place at Cineworld Leicester Square in London last week.

The production is the latest adaptation of the game of the same name, which was created by E Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, and features heavily on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

A synopsis for the film reads: “A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers go on an epic heist to recover a lost relic, but things go dangerously wrong when they run into the wrong people.

“Filmed on location in Northern Ireland and at Titanic Studios in Belfast, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary RPG to the big screen in a hilarious, action-packed adventure.”

Naomi Liston led a team of 19 people in finding the best locations to film.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to show off so much of what Northern Ireland has to offer,” he said.

“Our reputation as a chosen filming destination is based on period and medieval footage, but as this film was shot in the summer, it was very nice to show off our lush green forests, rolling hills and flowery fields.

“We shot on location throughout Northern Ireland, and the beauty of our natural landscape, coupled with the unique architecture, created the perfect backdrop. [that] I am sure that it will inspire many people to visit it.”

Northern Ireland Screen worked with Paramount Pictures to provide training opportunities for nine locations.

Oscar Prescott, a sound trainee, was mentored by Emmy Award winner Ronan Hill during production.

“Before joining the scheme, I had never set foot on set,” he said.

“After meeting my mentor, I worked alongside him on several productions, the biggest being Dungeons & Dragons. Securing quality sound in Tollymore Forest or Ballintoy Harbor was not without its challenges, but it was an incredible experience.

“I am left with a real sense of pride, when I watch the trailers, knowing that I played a role in this global production.

“It has opened professional opportunities for me locally, nationally and internationally”.