Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Achieves Liftoff With New Trailer
Getting lost in the woods seems like a walk in the park in the newest trailer for Disney's upcoming Pete's Dragon.
The film, a more dramatic remake of the 1977 live-action/cartoon musical, centers on a 10-year-old orphan named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who lives in the forest and survives with the help of a dragon. Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays a forest ranger named Grace who's skeptical of the area's dragon folklore, is forced to rethink her doubts when she stumbles upon Pete. In the trailer above, she slowly comes around on the prospect of magic.
"You don't survive in a forest for six years alone," Robert Redford, who plays Grace's father, Mr. Meacham, says in the video. Then: shots of Pete dashing between tall trees, leaping between a series of vehicles and, very dramatically, jumping off a mountain. It certainly beats the typical public school routine...
Pete's Dragon was filmed in New Zealand in early 2015, but will be set in a rural Pacific Northwest town, the forests of which are threatened by overzealous log-cutters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Lowery directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Toby Halbrooks.
The film's original version starred Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney and Jim Dale and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Check out the trailer above, and be sure to see Pete's Dragon when it hits theaters on August 12.
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