Rodriguez is best-known for her recurring role in the Fast and the Furious franchise and appearances in TV shows like Lost, whilst Smith rose to attention for his starring role in Detective Pikachu.
The new Dungeons & Dragons film has been gestating for the better part of a decade, churning through scripts and directors whilst Hasbro fought a major legal battle to regain control of the film rights from Sweetpea Entertainment (who produced three terrible, low-budget films based on the franchise in the 2000s).
The movie is expected to go before cameras in the coming weeks, shooting in the Paint Hall/Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland (in the same studio where the entire run of Game of Thrones was shot). Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Game Night) are directing from a script they wrote (they previously wrote the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming).
Relatively little is known about the movie. A previous iteration of the film was set in the city of Waterdeep in the Forgotten Realms world, but that script was thrown out so Goldstein, Daley and Michael Gilio could start fresh. It's unknown what world the film is now set in, or what iconic characters, storylines, monsters or spells will appear.
The film is currently scheduled for release on 27 May 2022, but this is likely to shift due to the delays to the start of filming.