LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have signed on to star in the CGI-animated fantasy feature “How to Train Your Dragon.”
Based on Cressida Cowell’s first novel in the children’s book series, the story centers on the timid son of a Viking chief who must capture and train a dragon in order to be initiated into his tribe.
Baruchel — who appeared with Hill in “Knocked Up” — will voice the boy, named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, who is saddled with an undersized and uncooperative dragon.
Butler plays the father and chief of the tribe, Stoick the Vast, while Ferrera voices Astrid, who partners with Hiccup for the initiation.
Hill takes the role of Snotlout, a bully who thinks he should be the next chief, and Mintz-Plasse portrays Fishlegs, a Viking big in size but small in brains.
Peter Hastings is directing the project for DreamWorks Animation. It will be the studio’s second film made in Ultimate 3D. Its release recently was moved from November 20, 2009, to March 26, 2010.