Robert Redford Joins “Pete’s Dragon”

Robert Redford is in early talks to join the remake of the 1977 Disney family classic “Pete’s Dragon”. The new take will use live action combined with a CG dragon.

In the new version, Pete (Oakes Fegley) is a boy whose parents died in car crash. He has been subsequently raised by the dragon named Elliot in a forest now threatened by loggers.

Other characters include a forest ranger, along with a mill owner’s young daughter (Oona Laurence) and greedy brother. Redford will play a local who tells tall-tales involving dragons that no one believes.

David Lowery is helming the project which shoots in New Zealand this fall, not far from Redford’s current gig – filming “Truth” alongside Cate Blanchett in Australia. Jim Whitaker is producing.

Source: THR