Pete’s Dragon Remake Targets Robert Redford

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After taking on Captain America himself earlier this year, Academy Award winner Robert Redford is looking at a new project with Walt Disney Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Redford is in talks to headline Pete’s Dragon with David Lowery (Ain’t Them Body Saints) attached to helm. The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star would play a local storyteller who knows a few good tales about dragons.

The original film, a hybrid of live action and animation, was released in 1977 and followed the adventures of Pete, a young orphan boy with an imaginary friend, Elliot, who just happens to be an enormous animated dragon. The new version will offer the dragon via CGI and will have the Pete character joined by a human friend, Natalie. Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence were already cast in those respective roles.

Lowery has also co-written the screenplay with Toby Halbrooks and is set to begin production this fall in New Zealand.

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