The Empire of Izmer has long been a divided land. The Mages - an elite group of magic users - rule whilst the lowly commoners are powerless. Izmer's young Empress, Savina (Thora Birch), wants equality and prosperity for all, but the evil Mage Profion (Jeremy Irons) is plotting to depose her, and establish his own rule.
The Empress possesses a scepter which controls Izmer's Golden Dragons. To challenge her rule, Profion must have the scepter, and tricks the Council of Mages into believing Savina is unfit to hold it. Knowing that Profion will bring death and destruction to Izmer, Savina, must find the legendary Rod of Savrille, a mythical rod that has the power to control Red Dragons, a species even mightier than the Gold.
Enter two thieves, Ridley (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans), who unwittingly become instrumental in Savina's search for the Rod. Joined by a feisty Dwarf named Elwood (Lee Arenberg), and helped by the Empress's expert tracker, the Elf Norda (Kristen Wilson), the young heroes go in search of the Rod of Savrille.
From the deadly maze of the Thieves Guild at Antius to an Elven Village, secret grotto and abandoned castles, Ridley and his band must outwit Profion's chief henchman Damodar (Bruce Payne) at every turn while back in Izmer, Profion prepares to do battle with the Empress. All depends on the Rod, but outcome of the race to reach it first is far from certain, and Izmar's very survival hangs in the balance…
About the Cast
Justin Whalin, a native of San Francisco, California, started working in theatre at the age of 11. He studied at San Francisco's celebrated American Conservatory Theatre and got his big break in 1988, playing the character of Alan Quartermain, Jr., on the television show General Hospital. More television work followed, and in 1994 he was awarded an Emmy for his performance work in the CBS movie Other Mothers. To date, Whalin is perhaps best known for his work on the hit TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, in which he played Jimmy Olsen. Justin has also appeared in several feature films, including Jon Waters's Serial Mom: Prep and Jimmy Zip.
Zoe McLellan is one of Hollywood's rising stars. Born with a passion for acting, she moved from Seattle to LA in 1997 to pursue her career. She has performed on stage -- most notably in Very Truly Yours at the Tiffany Theatre -- in film, and on television. McLellan's TV credits include a recurring role in Sliders and the lead in The Wrong Girl, an NBC Movie of the Week. Her feature film debut was in Mr. Holland's Opus, and she also appeared in Inventing the Abbotts. Immediately prior to performing in Dungeons & Dragons, she had lead roles in two independent feature films: Joe Caccaci's A Stranger in My House and Stonebrook.
Jeremy Irons began his career in theatre at the Bristol Old Vic and continued it with a London debut in Godspell as John the Baptist. His work in the West End and at Stratford culminated with his performance of Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing opposite Glenn Close, for which he won both the Drama League Award and the Tony Award for Best Actor.
Irons has played many roles for television, most notably Love for Lydia and Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood. His performance in Brideshead Revisited brought him worldwide acclaim and nominations for an Emmy Award, the British Academy Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1996, he directed and costarred with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack in Mirad, A Boy From Bosnia, a Channel 4 Television film about refugees written by Ad De Bont.
On the wide screen he has starred in such films as Moonlighting, Harold Pinter's Betrala, Volker Shlöndorff's Swann in Love, and The Mission with Robert De Niro. Irons played opposite Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received the Variety Club Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA nomination, and opposite his son in Roald Dahl's Danny, Champion of the World. His performance in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers brought him a Best Actor Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Canadian Genie. Irons starred again with Glenn Close in the film based on the retrial of Claus von Bulow, Reversal of Fortune. For this performance, Irons received the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Irons went on to work in such films as Steven Soderberg's Kafka, David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, and Bille August's The House of the Spirits, with Streep and Close. In 1994, Irons created the voice of Scar for Disney's The Lion King. He followed that with the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Irons's most recent films include Wayne Wang's Chinese Box and The Man in the Iron Mask, in which he costarred with Gerard Depardieu, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Malkovich. Jeremy Irons's latest role was as Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's controversial film Lolita. He lives in both England and Ireland.
Bruce Payne studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. His film, television, and theatre credits are numerous. His filmography includes: Warner Bros' Passenger 57, Switch, Sweepers, Warlock, The End of Innocence, Absolute Beginners, and many more. Among his notable television guest appearances are a recurring role in La Femme Nikita, Tales from the Crypt, and The Equalizer. On stage he has starred in a number of productions including West and Greek, both directed by Steven Berkoff, and Alice, directed by Nicholas Hytner, as well as appearing in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Frank'n'furter.
A graduate of the famed High School of the Performing Arts in New York, Marlon Wayans went on to study at Howard University Film School in Washington D.C. He made his acting debut on the Emmy Award-winning television series In Living Color. After several years on the comedy series, Wayans created and starred in the sitcom The Wayan Brothers, heading up the WB Network lineup. Wayans has appeared in numerous films including Mo' Money, Above the Rim, and The Sixth Man. He also wrote, executive produced, and starred in the hit comedy Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. Most recently he starred in the comedy Senseless for Dimension Films.
Character actor Lee Arenberg has appeared in some of television's top shows. His credits include Tales from the Crypt, Seinfeld, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager. A native Californian, Lee attended UCLA, where he formed a theatre company, The Actors Gang, with a group of friends including Tim Robbins and Richard Olivier. His feature film credits include Bob Roberts, Waterworld, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, and The Cradle Will Rock, among many others. His most recent credit is Action, a television show for Fox in which he plays Barry Diller, to great acclaim.
Kristen Wilson was born in Massachusetts, trained as a dancer, and performed with the Boston Ballet for four years. She received her BFA degree in musical theatre from Syracuse University, which is where she started acting, taking time out in her junior year to take part in a national tour of West Side Story, starring as Anita. Wilson counts two Spike Lee films, Girl 6 and Get on the Bus, among her feature film credits. She also appeared in Doctor Dolittle, as Lisa Dolittle. Wilson's television credits include Tyson, Educating Matt Waters, and New York Undercover.
Born in Beverly Hills, Thora Birch stared acting at the age of four and appeared in more than forty commercials before making her television series debut in NBC's Day By Day. She was six years old when she made her feature film debut in The Purple People Eater, and on her ninth birthday started work on her second feature, Paradise, starring opposite Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Birch's other film credits include Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Now and Then, Hocus Pocus, and All I Want for Christmas. She was most recently seen in American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. A straight-A student, Thora returns to high school after Dungeons & Dragons to start her senior year.
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