David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon remake is exceptionally unexceptional, but it’s a rare treat for a family film to be so low-key.
The family film blends live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You) as Pete; Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Barefoot in the Park, All the President’s Men) as Grace’s father.
At the live-action film presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo, Bryce Dallas Howard presented the first clip from Pete’s Dragon, directed by David Lowery, which is scheduled for release on August 12, 2016. The clip is unlikely to be released online, but we have gotten to see a nice title treatment for the film.
The Hunger Games and Interstellar star Wes Bentley has, according to a story today at TheWrap, joined the cast of Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon. Although his role has not yet been revealed, Bentley will join a cast that already includes Academy Award winner Robert Redford (All is Lost, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Jurassic World), Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You) and Oona Laurence (“Penny Dreadful”). Ain’t Them Bodies Saints‘ David Lowery is directing the remake.