Who Are They and Where Have They Been Seen Before?
Word got out at the end of 2022 that the beloved How to Train Your Dragon animated trilogy would be revamped in live action. Will this entail a new line of Dreamworks remakes for its animated classics just like Disney, or is this a one-time move? Either way, the film is well on its way with the casting of its lead characters.
Another Live Action: What Fans of the Franchise Should Look Forward To
Little is currently known about the mysterious remake of the children’s trilogy of Dreamworks films. How to Train Your Dragon won its fanbase for its alluring and relatable characters who take on a powerful development across all three films, from children to adults. It also received praise for its excruciatingly detailed animation and overwhelmingly beautiful score by John Powell. As of yet, it is unknown whether or not Powell will return. Instead, fans can count on Dean DuBlois, writer and director of all three animated films as well as Lilo and Stitch, to return to lead the remake. He also will act as a producer, joined by Marc Platt, whose credits producing the live action The Little Mermaid and Aladdin should add an experiential edge to the team doing a similar act. Other than the heads of the feature, few other names have yet to be attached to the project other than the two young actors who were announced May 30th, 2023.
Mason Thames: Fresh on the Scene
Audiences remember Hiccup for his awkward charm and stunning development into a man and a leader throughout the animated trilogy. Similarly to Harry Potter or the new Percy Jackson series, casting a younger actor sets up the possibility of multiple entries in the film universe as he grows. Mason Thames was just thirteen years old when he starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the horror sensation The Black Phone. Before that, he made minor background appearances in the shows For All Mankind and Evel, but his true debut in Hollywood was The Black Phone as Finney. He wowed audiences as the victim of a kidnapping and subsequent horror-based torture from Ethan Hawke’s The Grabber. After his success, he joined the show Walker as a flashback version of the main character and has since joined this cast. His addition brings hope for a fresh take on an already-told story led by a bright young actor with a handful of talent and credits.
Nico Parker: Big Hits So Far
The How to Train Your Dragon series would be incomplete without Hiccup’s strong and captivating love interest Astrid. Also practically new to the Hollywood scene, Nico Parker joins the cast. Parker has a strong start to her name in a similar fashion, portraying Milly Farrier, one of the children of Colin Ferrel’s Holt, in the live action remake of Disney’s Dumbo. In comparison, the role will have some major differences based on the character of Milly not existing in the original Dumbo, but it is still a worthy connection between her roles. From there, Parker joined the Hugh Jackman film Reminiscence, which received little praise but is notable nonetheless. That said, most people will recognize Parker for her role in the new Max series The Last of Us, where she portrayed Joel Miller’s (Pedro Pascal) daughter, Sarah. Without giving spoilers, Parker gives an intensely beautiful performance that sets the tone for the entirety of the show. Given the popularity of The Last of Us and her key role, it is not hard to understand why she would be offered such a role as Astrid.
For now, little is known about the live action reboot of How to Train Your Dragon, but these two castings should give fans a glimmer of hope. At minimum, two impressive breakout actors will give new life to the characters. If all goes well, audiences may be seeing a live action Dreamworks universe to follow Disney’s lead, because despite the general lackluster appreciation from audiences, the movies have had astounding box office success. The currently untitled How to Train Your Dragon reboot is currently set to hit theaters March 14, 2025.
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