The titular dragon of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake has been pretty elusive, hiding its face from the cameras in the first trailer and ducking behind trees in the adjoining poster. However, fans don’t have to wait all the way until the film’s release later this year to get a good look at the fantastical beast worthy of Newt Scamander’s magical studies.
Amid Entertainment Weekly’s summer movie preview is the first look at the dragon’s beautiful mug as the giant, green beast stands over the young Pete, played by Oakes Fegley. If you needed more indication beyond the trailer, this film is not like the family friendly fair of 1977 original, though this dragon at least maintains the green coloring.
Pete’s Dragon is directed by David Lowery, who was recently hired again by Disney to helm its live-action Peter Pan movie. While we certainly don’t need yet another tale about the boy who never grew up, especially after the bomb that was Warner Bros.’ Pan, it could possibly suggest the Mouse House was happy with Lowery’s work on Pete’s Dragon for bring him on another project.
The remake features a cast that includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford. The story, written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks based on Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field’s work, centers on Pete, a boy found in the woods who claims to have lived in the wild with a dragon named Elliott. Grace (Howard), a forest ranger and the daughter of a folktale-spouting wood carver (Redford), sets out to find out where Pete came from and whether his tall tale holds any water.
Pete’s Dragon hits theaters on August 12. Here’s the official synopsis:
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.