Disney has released a new trailer for its update on classic hybrid kids flick Pete’s Dragon, landing in theaters August 12. The spot sets up the story of Pete, a semi-feral child found living in the woods. But Pete wasn’t as alone in the wild as he seemed, and the trailer offers a glimpse at the furry green dragon who happens to be the boy’s best friend (and some of the creature’s magical abilities).
Pete’s Dragon is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), who, with Toby Halbrooks, also penned the screenplay inspired by the original story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. Jim Whitaker (The Finest Hours, Friday Night Lights) produces with Barrie M. Osborne (LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Great Gatsby) as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.