DWA News: 'Trolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' & 'Happy Smekday'
Today there's an onslaught of news for several DreamWorks Animation projects, and we're just throwing it all into one place. First off, we already know the animation studio was looking at developing a film based on the Good Luck Trolls toyline with crazy hair and gems in their bellies. Titled Trolls, it appears the film has a couple cast members lined up as Deadline reports Jason Schwartzman is being lined up to take the male lead role of Masklin and Chloe Moretz has already been set for the female lead. We also have information on a new cast member for the How to Train Your Dragon sequel and a new project below.
Next, Variety reports that "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harrington is the first new cast member in the developing sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, which has most of the original cast, Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig, returning. However, right now it's not clear what character Harrington will voice as we don't even have a plot synopsis for the sequel which is already slated to hit theaters on June 20th, 2014 with the original film's director and writer Dean DeBlois returning to helm the film, but without Chris Sanders this time.
Finally, a press release has announced an all-new project in the form of an adaptation of Adam Rex's book The True Meaning of Smekday. The film will take the title of Happy Smekday! with a plan to release sometime later in 2014. In addition, "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons and singer turned Battleship star Rihanna will voice the lead characters in the story about an alien race invading Earth and using it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs. Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) is directing with Get Smart scribes Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember writing. Sounds like it could be fun, but we'll have to wait and see.