New Zealand is set to star in the new movie which is scheduled for worldwide release in August 2016.
Wellington’s Mt Victoria and Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights are featured in the new trailer which also reveals more details of the Disney's Pete’s Dragon story.
A reimagining of Disney’s family classic, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend - a lovable dragon named Elliot.
In Disney's Pete’s Dragon, New Zealand plays Millhaven, an American Pacific Northwest logging town.
Two trailers released to date show four New Zealand locations – Wellington, Rotorua, Queenstown and the small south island town of Tapanui.
Mt Victoria, on the fringe of Wellington city was used to film several of the forest scenes.
Queenstown’s Dee Park Heights and the area just below the Remarkables also appear in the new trailer as Pete watches Elliot the dragon appears from beneath a cliff top to fly over him. Local helicopter company Glacier Southern Lakes filmed the aerial sequences for Disney's Pete’s Dragon.
The film is directed by David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, New Zealand’s own Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford.
Rebecca Ingram, Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager PR and Major Events said: “We are very much looking forward to the film’s premiere later this year and showcasing more of New Zealand as a result. Film Tourism has proven to be very successful at attracting visitors to New Zealand and we’re hopeful that Disney's Pete’s Dragon will enable us to showcase further what visitors can see and do here”.
“Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission and Walt Disney Pictures are working together on marketing and PR and activities to support the release of Disney's Pete’s Dragon later this year. The collaboration comes as a result of New Zealand’s international film incentive programme (the New Zealand Screen Production Grant)”.
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About Disney's Pete’s Dragon
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
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. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.