There's a new Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works and you can win a walk-on role portraying a character of your very own creation!
Yes, it's true: Silver Pictures, the production company that brought us the millennial cinematic train wreck Dungeons & Dragons is at it again, filming a new D&D flick entitled Book of Vile Darkness. The majority of filming is taking place in Eastern Europe but production will soon be moving to Louisiana for additional shooting, and that's where you come in.
Wizards of the Coast is holding a contest that will give one lucky D&D fan a walk-on role in the film. Hop over to Wizard's Dungeons & Dragons promo page and use the "D&D Character Builder tool" (accessible through the D&D Insider) to create a heroic tier (1st to 10th level) non-human character with a tendency toward magic use and "evil or mercenary behavior." Add up to 100 "words of flavor" to the submission along with your usual real-life details, save it as a PDF and then attach it to your submission form. The best of the bunch as chosen by Wizards of the Coast will be flown to Louisiana, where he or she will portray the winning character in an epic battle scene.
There is a catch, though, and it's kind of a biggie. The D&D Insider ain't free; a subscription costs $9.95 a month or $71.40 for a year. Along with the Character Builder it includes the D&D Compendium, Adventure Tools, Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine, which isn't a bad deal if you're a hardcore player but maybe a bit much for just a contest entry. On the other hand, if you're already a subscriber, fame and fortune await! Full rules are available at wizards.com (PDF format) and since I know you're going to ask, the contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
As for the new movie, not much is known about it at this point. IMDB says it's expected to come out next year, the cast appears to be made up entirely of unknowns and both the writer and the director filled the same roles in Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, the 2005 direct-to-DVD release that was the actual follow-up to the original film. That's right, two sequels. Who would've thought?