REPORT: Live-Action How to Train Your Dragon Finds Its Hiccup in Shazam! Star
Universal's live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon may have found its lead in Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Jack Dylan Grazer.
According to industry scooper Daniel Richtman, a rumor currently circulating has named three actors that are allegedly in talks to star in How to Train Your Dragon. Among those actors is Grazer, who is rumored for the lead role as Hiccup Haddock. Glazer has previously starred in films such as Warner Bros. and DC's Shazam!, its sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, as well as IT and IT: Chapter Two.
The rumor also alleges that Moana star Auli’i Cravalho is in final talks for the role of Astrid Hofferson, Hiccup's love interest in the animated film, while Joel Edgerton will portray Hiccup's father Stoic the Vast. These casting rumors have not been officially confirmed. In the original animated trilogy, Jay Baruchel served as the voice of Hiccup, with America Ferrera as Astrid and Gerard Butler as Stoic.
How to Train Your Dragon Gets the Live-Action Treatment
Richtman originally reported in January that a live-action adaptation of DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon was in the works at Universal with Dean DeBlois serving as writer and director. DeBlois wrote and directed the original Dragon trilogy, which consisted of How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019. He is also known for writing and directing Disney's classic 2002 film Lilo & Stitch, which is also set to receive a live-action adaptation as well.
These reports regarding the reboot of How to Train Your Dragon were confirmed in February, with the film set to release in theaters on March 14, 2025. DeBlois will also serve as a director on the upcoming film, with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel attached to produce and Lexi Barta, Universal's VP of production development, overseeing the film.
The first film in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy was distributed by Paramount Pictures, with 20th Century Fox taking over for the sequel and, finally, Universal going on to become the distributor for Hidden World. At the moment, it is unknown if the live-action project will be a true adaptation of the 2010 animated feature or if it will continue the story established in the first three films.
Universal's live-action How to Train Your Dragon is set to release in theaters on March 14, 2025.
Source: Daniel Richtman, via The Direct