Just two days after Wes Bentley signed on for Disney's remake of Pete's Dragon, Dexter star Michael C. Hall has come onboard. While no character details were given, the actor joins a cast that includes newcomer Oakes Fegley as Pete, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oona Laurence. Unlike the original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, the remake will remove all of the musical elements, although it still will be a live action/CGI hybrid, with the dragon Elliot portrayed through animation.
The remake is set in a logging village instead of a fishing village like the original, focusing on Pete, who lives in the woods with his pet dragon Elliot after his parents died in a car accident. His home forest is now being threatened by a logging company. Robert Redford is playing a local resident who tells stories about dragons that no one in town believes, similar to Mickey Rooney's Lampie in the original. Oona Laurence is playing the daughter of the mill owner, and there is speculation that Bryce Dallas Howard's character may be inspired by Helen Reddy's Nora from the original, a lighthouse keeper who is Lampie's daughter.
We reported in November that other characters yet to be cast include a forest ranger who finds Pete and Elliot, the mill owner and his greedy brother, but it isn't known if Wes Bentley or Michael C. Hall are taking on any of these roles. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks, with Jim Whitaker producing. No production schedule has been released. Michael C. Hall was last seen on the big screen in Kill Your Darlings and Cold in July.