Mason Thames and Nico Parker are set to star as Hiccup and Astrid in Universal’s live-action adaptation of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Dean DeBlois is directing the pic, which is set to bow on March 14, 2025.
The new pic will draw audiences deep into DreamWorks Animation’s imaginative lore. Working from a single narrative tapestry, the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless have captivated fans across three films that have grossed a combined $1.6 billion-plus.
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Thames is coming off his breakout role in Universal’s The Black Phone, starring alongside Ethan Hawke. He segued into the lead role in the Artists Road/Spyglass feature Incoming. Directed by Dave and John Chernin, the comedy follows four incoming freshmen as they navigate the terrors of adolescence at their first-ever high school party. Thames next will be seen starring opposite Mel Gibson in Boys of Summer. He is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Goodman Genow Schenkman.
Parker played Sarah Miller in Season 1 of HBO’s The Last of Us opposite Pedro Pascal. She next will be seen starring opposite Woody Harrelson and Laura Linney in Laura Chinn’s Suncoast, which will be released by Searchlight. Her acting debut came as the lead in Disney’s Tim Burton-directed live-action adaptation of Dumbo, and she recently starred in HBO’s The Third Day, opposite Jude Law and Naomie Harris. Parker is repped by Curtis Brown and WME.
The original How to Train Your Dragon in 2010 introduced fans to the unlikely friendship of Hiccup, an adolescent Viking, and Toothless, a fearsome Night Fury dragon. Followed by sequels in 2014 and 2019 and based on the best-selling book series by Cressida Cowell, the franchise has received four Oscar nominations. Deblois also is writing and Marc Platt producing for Marc Platt Productions alongside Adam Siegel, President of Marc Platt Productions. VP Production Development Lexi Barta will oversee the film on behalf of the Studio.
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