Hugh Grant sheds his romantic side to play villain in new blockbuster

Los Angeles, California - Rom-com star Hugh Grant will step away from his usual sweetheart film roles to show his evil side in a new movie headed for the big screen.

Hugh Grant is beloved by fans for his roles in iconic rom-coms.
Hugh Grant is beloved by fans for his roles in iconic rom-coms.  © Instagram/Screenshot/hughgrant__official

The charming British star (60) has signed on to play the leading villain in the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie, reported Variety.

The film is set to be released in 2022.

Dungeons and Dragons ("D&D") is based on a fantasy tabletop game of the same name that has captivated millions of players worldwide for more than 40 years.

Set in a magical world featuring dragons and orcs, it has inspired many books, films, video games, podcasts, and TV series.

Grant has had a lengthy career as an actor and is known for his off-beat romantic leading man performances in Notting Hill (1999), Love Actually (2003) , Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

The Golden Globe winner most recently starred in HBO's miniseries thriller The Undoing alongside Nicole Kidman.

Other Hollywood names have also joined the D&D project.

Chris Pine (seen in Star Trek and Wonder Woman), Michelle Rodriguez (from the Fast and the Furious franchise), and Regé-Jean Page (of Bridgerton fame) are already on board as cast members.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will direct and write the film. They also helmed the comedies Vacation and Game Night together.

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