Mason Thames and Nico Parker to star in live action How To Train Your Dragon remake

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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The live-action remake of How To Train Your Dragon is coming together, as the first cast members are confirmed.

How To Train Your Dragon is one of the most beloved animated franchises of recent years. Chronicling the story of wannabe Viking warrior Hiccup and the bond he develops with his adorable dragon Toothless, so far three films have been released, in 2010, 2014 and 2019 (each distributed by a different Hollywood studio, fact fans), with the franchise now also encompassing a television series, books and video games.

A film studio will never let a good franchise lie, and so it is that How To Train Your Dragon is being given the live action treatment, courtesy of Dreamworks and Universal.

The good news for fans is that creator Dean DeBlois will still be behind the camera, serving as writer, director and producer. It will be his first foray into live action (presumably with CG elements), and if it’s anything like other animators making the jump from acclaimed animation to live action, such as Brad Bird making Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, then the results should be well worth waiting for.

The Black Phone star Mason Thames and The Last Of Us' Nico Parker will star as Hiccup and Astrid, respectively.

Pre-production and further casting are well underway, a release date of 14th March 2025 has been set.


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