May 31, 2023

Film & TV

'How to Train Your Dragon': Meet NEW Hiccup and Astrid

Mason Thames and Nico Parker set to lead 'Dean DeBlois'

By Betty Cruise May 31, 2023
Hiccup and Astrid cast in How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup and Astrid cast in 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Universal Studios has officially announced the release date for the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon

Set to hit theaters on March 14, 2025, the film will feature Mason Thames, known for his role in Universal's horror hit The Black Phone, and Nico Parker, the rising actress last seen in HBO's The Last of Us.

Directed by Dean DeBlois, who helmed the animated How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, the upcoming movie will draw inspiration from the beloved book series by Cressida Cowell. 

The original storyline revolved around the heartwarming bond between Hiccup, a young and initially unheroic Viking boy, and Toothless, an injured dragon whom Hiccup nurses back to health.

The live-action remake aims to capture the essence of the original movies, delving into themes of overcoming prejudice against dragons, coping with the loss of a parent, and experiencing first love. 

With Thames and Parker stepping into the shoes of Hiccup and Astrid, respectively, fans are eagerly awaiting their performances as they bring these beloved characters to life. 

Astrid evolves from someone initially disdainful towards dragons to forming a deep bond with her own dragon companion. 

She transitions from being a foil to Hiccup to becoming his confidante and ultimately his partner.

In the original films, Jay Baruchel lent his voice to the character of Hiccup, while America Ferrera provided the voice for Astrid. 

One of the exciting casting announcements for the film is the inclusion of fifteen-year-old Mason Thames in the lead role. 

Thames has already made a name for himself with notable appearances in Apple TV's acclaimed drama For All Mankind, and he recently starred in The Black Phone, a successful adaptation of Joe Hill's short story directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Blumhouse. 

Nico Parker, the talented young actress who made her mark in Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Dumbo in 2019, has been confirmed as part of the cast for the upcoming live-action remake. 

She showcased her skills in HBO's series The Third Day, sharing the screen with esteemed actors Jude Law and Naomie Harris. 

Parker also made her presence felt in Lisa Joy's mind-bending sci-fi film Reminiscence, starring alongside Hugh Jackman.