Disney’s Pete’s Dragon starts Production in New Zealand

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New Zealand is the location of Walt Disney Pictures’ remake of “Pete’s Dragon”.  Disney has taken the 1977 classic and cast (pictured above) and revamped it blending live action with CGI to bring back a favorite with new faces.  Pete’s Dragon is the story of Pete, an orphan who meets and becomes best friends with a green dragon named Elliott.

Producer Jim Whitaker shared how Pete’s Dragon “… is a story about how magic can enter one’s life and change the way they see the world..”

The remake is directed by David Lowery and produced by Jim Whitaker.   Pete’s Dragon brings us Oakes Fegley in the lead role of Pete.  The cast also includes Bryce Dallas Howard as park ranger, Grace; Wes Bentley as Jack, a local mill owner; Karl Urban as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence is Natalie, a friend of Pete’s  and Oscar® winner Robert Redford as Grace’s father.

Production will begin shooting in Wellington then moves north to the area of Rotorua as well as the areas of Tapanui and Ivercargill.

Pete’s Dragon will be released in theatres August 2016.   I can’t wait to see Elliott and the beautiful New Zealand landscape.

Loretta Garcia, Entertainment Writer for Chip and Co, bringing  you the latest and greatest Disney news.


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