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Live-Action HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Adds New Cast Members

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Live-Action HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Adds New Cast Members

By Movieguide® Contributor

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON’s live-action movie just added a new group of actors to its cast. 

Variety reported that DEADPOOL 2 star Julian Dennison, Gabriel Howell (NIGHTSLEEPER, BODIES), Bronwyn James (MASTERS OF THE AIR) and Harry Trevaldwyn (THE BUBBLE) have all been cast in the movie. 

“Dennison, Howell, James and Trevaldwyn have been respectively cast as Fishlegs, Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut,” the outlet wrote, adding, “The quartet join Mason Thames and Nico Parker, who are set to star as Hiccup and Astrid; Gerard Butler, who reprises his role from the animated movies as Stoick the Vast; and Nick Frost, who joins the franchise as Gobber the Belch.”

According to Deadline, “original HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON filmmaker Dean DeBlois is also directing, writing and producing this new reboot,” with Three-time Best Picture Oscar nominee Marc Platt producing. 

Not much is known about the live-action adaptation’s plot, but the studio promised it will be “rooted in stories that are as sweeping as they are intimate [and will] draw audiences deep into DreamWorks Animation’s imaginative lore,” per Entertainment Weekly. 

Movieguide® previously reported on the live-action HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON:

Universal Pictures has announced plans to make a live-action version of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, set to release on March 14, 2025.

Dean DeBlois, the mind behind the original movies, will return as writer, director and producer for the upcoming movie. 

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the movie is already in development and casting is underway.

Based on Cressida Cowell’s books, DeBlois will adapt the live-action movie from the original Dreamworks Animation trilogy, which was released in the 2010s. 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON received favorable reviews. A portion of the Movieguide® review reads:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is funny, entertaining, exciting, and heart-warming family fun. The 3D effects are excellent and exhilarating! The main theme is the reconciliation between Hiccup and his father, as well as the other Vikings. There is also a solid, positive redemptive message about a hero sacrificing himself to subdue and redeem creation and mankind. The movie has some scary scenes, however. And, there are references to the pagan Norse mythology of the Vikings. So, caution for younger children is advised.

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