DreamWorks Animation has released a new image from one of my most-anticipated films of 2014, How to Train Your Dragon 2. The image gives us our first look at “Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchette), a maverick Dragon Rider who lives as a recluse in the Arctic and becomes a mentor of sorts” to Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who is, as we’ve seen from the poster and trailer, older and hotter. Director Dean DeBlois says Valka is “Somebody living with the animals and learning to communicate with them in non-verbal ways and becoming much like a dragon herself,” and “Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons and being very sympathetic to them has made her very distrusting of humans.” As for the dragon she rides, Valka flies around on “Cloudjumper” who “has owl mannerisms and a second set of wings under his main ones that ‘can actually splay and become an X-wing’.”
Hit the jump to see the full image and to learn more about the plot. The film also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.
Via USA Today.
First, here’s the brief official synopsis,
The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.
DeBlois specifies that Hiccup is being groomed by his father to become the new leader, but Hiccup still wants to hold on to his youth. Our hero’s encounter with Valka also brings up conflict over how to behave towards dragons. While Hiccup created a bond between dragons and humans in the first movie, Valka believes in “hiding dragons and keeping them from coexisting with mankind.” It should make for an interesting dynamic between the two.