How To Train Your Dragon live-action: Everything we know

Hiccup and Toothless in How To Train Your DragonParamount Pictures

Here’s everything we know about the How To Train Your Dragon live-action movie, from its release date and trailer updates, to cast speculation, plot, and more.

Disney has been giving its catalog of animated classics a lick of live-action paint since 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. The results have rarely – if ever – matched the highs of its past, but the box office numbers speak for themselves.

DreamWorks has always been the House of Mouse’s main competition, and now it’s looking to replicate that tried-and-tested formula with one of its greatest movies: How To Train Your Dragon.

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So, after the news broke, here’s what we know so far about the live-action adaptation.

A still from How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldUniversal Pictures

How To Train Your Dragon live-action movie release date

The How To Train Your Dragon live-action movie will premiere in cinemas on March 14, 2025. However, this date could be subject to change.

There have been three movies in the franchise to date: 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon, 2014’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, and 2019’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. There have also been three spinoff TV series and multiple live shows.

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As per The Hollywood Reporter, “the feature project is already steps into the development process” and casting is well underway.

However, since this announcement there has been a delay in production, due to the recent WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. It’s unclear if this delay will affect the movie’s release date, so we will update this section should news change.

How To Train Your Dragon live-action cast: Who’s in it?

So far only two major cast members have been confirmed, which are Mason Thames (The Black Phone) as Hiccup, and Nico Parker (The Last of Us) as Astrid.

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It’s unclear whether Jay Baruchel, who voiced Hiccup, will return in any capacity. Other cast members in the trilogy included Jonah Hill as Snotlout, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs, T.J. Miler as Tuffnut, Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut, and Gerard Butler as Hiccup’s father Stoick.

However, we do know that the franchise’s writer-director Dean DeBlois will return to pen and direct the live-action movie.

Unlike Disney’s crop of remakes – some good, some abysmal – this marks the first time the original filmmaker has been hired to give his animated predecessor a do-over in live action.

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DeBlois, who has never directed a live-action movie, will be assisted by producer Marc Platt, who’s worked on the likes of Legally Blonde, La La Land, and Universal’s highly-anticipated, two-part adaptation of Wicked.

How To Train Your Dragon live-action plot: What’s it about?

While unconfirmed, the How To Train Your Dragon live-action movie is expected to adapt the plot of the first installment, though it’s unclear if there are plans to remake the whole trilogy.

The first film follows Hiccup, the son of a Viking village chieftain who befriends Toothless, a goofy dragon. There’s just one problem: Vikings hate dragons, and fighting them is a way of life.

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Across the trilogy, Hiccup’s bond with Toothless only grows stronger, whether they’re going into battle against dragon warlords, losing their parents, or seeking out the Hidden World.

A still from How To Train Your DragonParamount Pictures

In an earlier interview with Deadline, DeBlois spoke about the pressure of bringing the trilogy to a satisfying close. “It’s relief, and satisfaction, and pride, I think, because it’s largely the same group of people that worked on all three films,” he said.

“It’s such a rare opportunity to tell a story in three acts, and bring it to its finite end, but to do so in a way that we planned, and not have it go off the rails, or suddenly get turned into a bunch of other sequels we didn’t want.

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“It feels like we kept ourselves honest, and tried to do the best we could with the characters. Now that it’s done, it’s bittersweet because we’re not working together on the same projects, but we do feel like it’s a feather in our cap. So, it was worth the decade.”

He also said he wanted to “jump into different worlds”, but noted: “I love animation. I never want to leave it behind, yet I’ve been wanting to tackle live-action for some time. I feel like now’s the time I should do it, and if I don’t, I probably never will. But it feels like a really creatively fertile time for me, because everything’s a possibility. It’s just a fun place to be in.”

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Is there a How To Train Your Dragon live-action trailer?

No, there isn’t a trailer for the How To Train Your Dragon live-action movie, but you can watch the best scene from the entire animated trilogy below:

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