Robert Redford Sticking with Disney for the Remake of 'Pete's Dragon'
Disney has their remake of the 1977 classic live-action, animation hybrid family film Pete's Dragon beginning production this fall. The new version of the story against the backdrop of a group of loggers tearing down a forest. Pete's parents died in a car crash, which has left him to be raised by the dragon Elliot in the threatened forest. The boy is discovered living in the forest by a park ranger, and somehow the daughter of the mill owner comes into play, along with the mill owner's greedy brother. Oakes Fegley from "Boardwalk Empire" is set to play Pete with Broadway's Matilda star Oona Laurence playing the mill owner's daughter. And now veteran actor Robert Redford is being lined up for a role too. More below!
If a deal closes, THR reports Redford would play a local man who tells wild stories that involve dragons, but of course, no one believes him. Redford just worked with Disney as the surprise villain of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it sounds like the studio is keen to have him stick around. This project sounds like a rather interesting remake, especially with that contemporary story. Plus, having a director like David Lowery, of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, behind the camera should make this stand out from your average Disney film. Anyway, production begins in New Zealand soon, so stay tuned for more updates.