Two months out from the film’s theatrical debut, Disney has released the first official trailer for the remake of its 1977 semi-classic Pete’s Dragon. Unlike the previous teaser released back in February, the new trailer is chock full of new footage, including, at last, a look at the reimagined dragon. In the original film, the dragon was a charmingly goofy, traditionally animated cartoon inserted into the live-action footage. Here, it’s a fully rendered – though still animation-looking – CGI 3D beast that looks genuinely threatening, at least compared to the original. Check it, and a much deeper glimpse of the film’s story, out in the trailer above.
As with the original, the story follows a young orphan named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who has managed to survive living alone in the woods thanks to his friendship with an invisible dragon named Elliott. He’s eventually taken in by Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), a local forest ranger whose father (Robert Redford) has long delighted local children with stories of a mysterious dragon living in the wilderness. From Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from her father’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace aims to discover where Pete came from, where he belongs and the truth about this dragon. Karl Urban co-stars in the film directed by David Lowery and written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks.
Disney is still raking in money from another total reimagining of a classic Mouse House film, The Jungle Book, which has made $910.6 million worldwide since its release April 4. We’ll see later this summer if Disney strikes retro gold twice in one year. Pete’s Dragon firebreathes its way into theaters Agust 12.
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