Gerard Butler Will Reprise His Role in How to Train Your Dragon Remake

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  • Gerard Butler, who voiced the character Stoick the Vast in the original How to Train Your Dragon movie, is set to reprise his role in the live-action remake, alongside new cast members Mason Thames and Nico Parker.
  • The How to Train Your Dragon franchise has been a major success for Dreamworks Animation, grossing over $1.6 million. The transition to live-action was inevitable given its popularity.
  • While not many cast announcements have been made for the remake yet, Gerard Butler’s casting suggests that other original cast members may also return.


The upcoming live-action remake of How to Train Your Dragon is bringing one of the original movie’s voice stars back to the franchise with Gerard Butler set to reprise his role as Stoick the Vast, the father of Hiccup, who will be played by Mason Thames in the 2025 release.

Having grossed over $1.6 million, the How to Train Your Dragon movies have been a cornerstone of Dreamworks Animation for almost 15 years, the transition into live-action was pretty much inevitable. Back in May 2023, it was announced that Thames, who starred in the hit horror The Black Phone, and The Last of Us’ Nico Parker would be taking the lead roles of Hiccup and Astrid respectively.

Although the movie suffered delays due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, there have still not been many other cast announcements made in relation to the remake, but Butler’s casting could mean that others from the original franchise may also return in this new take on the story. Obviously, coming over a decade after the franchise’s debut in 2010, the need for new young leads was always going to be necessary, but the adult voice cast, which, alongside Butler, has included Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, David Tennant and Cate Blanchett, could certainly be able to reprise their roles.

Butler has made himself a name as a go-to action hero, with roles in the Olympus Has Fallen franchise, and recently appeared in the thrillers Plane and Kandahar, as well as the sequel to his previous hit Den of Thieves.

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Can How to Train Your Dragon be a Live-Action Success?

How to Train Your Dragon characters including Hiccup
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Live-action remakes of animated IPs is something that has been the staple of Disney’s most recent slate of movies that don’t come from their Star Wars or Marvel stables, with movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King proving to be hugely popular with audiences. While some of these remakes have not exactly been praised highly by critics, it is clear that the market is there and waiting for the next big live-action remake, and it is clear that there are many more to come.

Disney are currently working on several new remakes, including the controversial Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Lilo and Stitch and Hercules among others. Although 2023’s delayed release of The Little Mermaid failed to capture the same box office dominance of its predecessors, there is no doubt that Disney’s movies will find their footing again in the coming years.

The question now is whether Dreamworks can manage to compete in the live-action market with one of their best-known franchises, but we will have to wait a year to find out. With 2024’s slate having seen many big movies pushed back to 2025, the competition will be fierce for theatrical attention. In June 2025, How to Train Your Dragon will have to hold its own against Pixar’s Elio and Disney’s Moana remake, which are currently slated to arrive either side of the release.

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