The story of How to Train your Dragon would be nothing without Stoick The Vast, and since the animated films, everyone has come to this subconcious unanimous decision that if the land of Berk made the jump to live-action then there was only one actor who could bring Stoick to life. Gerard Butler. He did an absolutely tremendous job embodying that Viking toughness, while also building on the softer and more parental side of Stoick that blossomed in HTTYD 2.
Well, it appears as though Butler isn’t quite finished dealing with Dragons and his son. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures‘ live-action adaptation of Dreamworks’ massive hit How To Train Your Dragon will see Butler suit up as Hiccup’s father. Mason Thames and Nico Parker are set to star as Hiccup and Astrid, with Dean DeBlois returning to direct, write and produce this adaptation.
Also returning is John Powell who composed the soundtrack for the entire animated franchise. Having Powell back is absolutely brilliant because his score plays such an integral role in the animated films. Seeing how he’ll apply and change his compositions to suit the live-action world will be really interesting, but there’s no doubt that we’ll hear classic tracks like “Test Drive” and “Forbidden Friendship.”
Based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, How To Train Your Dragon follows a misfit viking called Hiccup who befriends a Nightfury. Together, Hiccup and Toothless redefine the hostile relationship between Viking and Dragon. The popular franchise has generated over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office, and has ventured far beyond the big screen with multiple TV series and live shows.
How To Train Your Dragon is set to soar onto the big screen on June 13th, 2025. Are you excited for this adaptation? Let us know in the comments. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more news from Berk.