The live-action adaptation of ‘How to Train Your Dragon‘ has found its two leading stars. Nico Parker, known for her roles in ‘The Last of Us‘ and ‘Dumbo,’ will play the role of Astrid, Hiccup’s love interest and eventual wife. Mason Thames, recognized for his performance in ‘The Black Phone,’ will portray the protagonist Hiccup. The animated trilogy’s characters underwent significant growth, and it remains to be seen if the actors will continue their roles in potential sequels.
While the live-action film will not directly adapt the animated trilogy, it will draw inspiration from Cressida Cowell’s source novel. This approach positions the movie as a reboot for the beloved franchise. Dean DeBlois, who co-directed the first animated film and helmed the other two installments, will write and direct the live-action adaptation. As the creative force behind the franchise’s previous success, DeBlois is well-suited for the task. However, the transition to live-action necessitates a fresh narrative that starts anew.
Mason Thames and Nico Parker have been cast as Hiccup and Astrid in the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ live-action movie. pic.twitter.com/cYF6xrynaQ
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With the casting of the two lead roles, attention now turns to filling the remaining central characters in the live-action adaptation. Given the trilogy’s progression through time, it is likely that future films in this new format will also explore the characters’ arcs. The script’s foundation in Cowell’s novel provides ample room for creative storytelling.
Fans of the animated films can anticipate a different yet familiar experience in the live-action adaptation of ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ As the production moves forward, it will be intriguing to see how the talented cast brings these beloved characters to life in a new and exciting way. With DeBlois at the helm, there is hope for a compelling narrative that captures the spirit of the original trilogy while delivering a fresh and engaging experience for audiences.
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