Pete's Dragon Movie

Some secrets are too big to keep.

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The story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.

Who's Involved:

Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, James 'Jim' Whitaker, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, David Lowery, Wes Bentley, Oakes Fegley, Barrie M. Osborne, Toby Halbrooks

Release Date:

Friday, August 12, 2016 (Nationwide)

action, peril and brief language

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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Who stars in Pete's Dragon: Cast List

... Pete


... Grace’s Father

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" , "Charlotte's Web"  

... Natalie

"What We Found" , "Lost Girls"  

... Grace

"Jurassic World: Dominion" , "Jurassic World"  

... Jack

"The Hunger Games" , "Mission: Impossible - Fallout"  

... Jack's Brother

"Pathfinder" , "Thor: Ragnarok"  

Who's making Pete's Dragon: Crew List

A look at the Pete's Dragon behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director David Lowery last directed The Old Man and the Gun and A Ghost Story. The film's writer David Lowery last wrote The Old Man and the Gun and The Yellow Birds.


Barrie M. Osborne
James 'Jim' Whitaker

Production Company

Walt Disney Studios

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Production: What we know about Pete's Dragon?

Key Facts

  1. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley as Pete; Wes Bentley as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban as Jack's brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Robert Redford as Grace's father.
  2. The production begins shooting in and around Wellington before moving north to the Rotorua area, and will complete principal photography in the South Island communities of Tapanui and Invercargill.
  3. Robert Redford will play a local who tells tall-tales involving dragons that no one believes.
  4. The project will be live-action with CGI used for the dragon.
  5. Remake of the 1977 film of the same name. It will not be a musical. Said to be "a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film".

Filming Timeline

  1. February 2016: The film was in Completed status.
  2. June 2015: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. January 2015: The film was in Production status.
  4. Principal photography commenced on February 10, 2015 in New Zealand.

  5. October 2014: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  6. Eyeing a shoot in New Zealand this fall.

  7. March 2013: The film was in Announced status.
  8. David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks signed on to pen the script.

Pete's Dragon Release Date: When was the film released?

Pete's Dragon was released in 2016 on Friday, August 12, 2016 (Nationwide release). There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including Florence Foster Jenkins, Sausage Party and Hell or High Water. 2D/3D

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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