With their tales of wonder and companionship, the How to Train Your Dragon films have inspired generations of viewers and have grown to be a beloved part of the animated canon. Production is under underway on a live-action adaptation of the How to Train Your Dragon series, which is scheduled for release in 2025. Although there are still many unanswered questions regarding the How to Train Your Dragon reboot, recent remarks from a cast member offer an intriguing hint. The actress Nico Parker, who plays Astrid, stated in a recent interview with Collider that while she’s anxious about the expectations around the project, she believes the outcome will “be wonderful.”
“I’m nervous about all of it because I care about it so much and everyone cares about it so much, and I just so would love to make everyone proud,” Parker said. “I am anxious about it all the time. However, in my opinion, there was no reason not to. It’s being made by such skilled and intelligent people, and they all have such a strong passion for it. How could anyone not want to be engaged in it, I thought to myself after speaking with director Dean [DeBlois], who also directed the animated movies? It’s incredible. Although it’s hectic, I can’t wait for it to be finished and released so that everyone can experience it.”
“I think it’s very much its own thing, but I’d like to think so much of that magic is also prevalent in this one,” Parker said. “However, I believe that each character has their own unique interpretation and that the film is unique in its own right. It’s crucial to maintain perspective, particularly in light of how excellent the animated ones are. Let’s not try to do a play by play of that, it seems. And those who desire that can view the animated ones. I think it’s going to be fantastic, but even if it’s not, I’m having a great time creating it. I will always find it to be fantastic.”
Who Stars in the Live-Action How to Train Your Dragon?
Parker and Mason Thames were revealed as the main cast members of Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon last year. In addition to her roles on Walker and For All Mankind, Thames is most renowned for her role in The Black Phone. Parker appeared in Dumbo and The Third Day in addition to playing Sarah Miller in the HBO series The Last of Us debut episode. They will be joined by Nick Frost as Stoick the Vast and Gerard Butler, who is playing Stoick the Vast again from the animated How to Train Your Dragon films. Bronwyn James and Harry Trevaldwyn as the sister and brother team Ruffnut and Fishlegs, Julian Dennison as Fishlegs, and Gabriel Howell as Snotlout.
Dean DeBlois, who led much of the animation series, will write, direct, and produce the live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon. This will be DeBlois’s live-action comeback. Producing will be Marc Platt, whose credits include Legally Blonde and the studio’s next Wicked film.
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On June 13, 2025, How to Train Your Dragon will only be available in theatres.