First Images from Knights of Badassdom Starring Ryan Kwanten and Summer Glau
07.16.11 by BJSprecher
Elbowing its way through the throng of big studio movies scheduled to appear in the hallowed Hall H auditorium at next week's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is an independent horror-comedy about a group of Live-Action Role Players (LARPers) who accidentally summon a real demon during one of their gaming sessions. The debut of the trailer for the movie, titled Knights of Badassdom, will be shown during a panel discussion and Q&A with director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End) and several of the stars of the movie, including Ryan Kwanten (HBO's True Blood) and Summer Glau (Serenity), on Saturday, July 23rd, but the first still images from the movie recently popped up online, courtesy of EW.
Here's the synopsis of Knights of Badassdom:
In this humorous fantasy adventure from IndieVest Pictures, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who’s just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe’s "sorcerer" roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth’s seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be in order to conquer the evil that has been unleashed.
While the movie does poke fun at LARPing and LARPers, Lynch said that it's all done affectionately and that most of the extras in the movie were real-life LARPers themselves.
I know people. I know myself and my own obsessions and this is the type of movie I love to see. I love the idea of wish-fulfillment, that you can work in Baja Fresh or at an office all week but on the weekend you can throw on armor made of pizza boxes or have a sword with duct tape on it and become an elf or a thief or a rogue. And the outside world goes away.
The movie does not yet have a release date (or, apparently, a distributor), but it is expected to be released later this year. For more about the movie, check out Lynch's blog, which includes set photos, video blogs and lots and lots of the director's ramblings about the production.