Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

Bryce Dallas Howards talks ‘Pete’s Dragon’ film, like a Hayao Miyazaki

While promoting Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard gives fans some insight into Disney’s Pete’s Dragon adaptationm talking about the story during an interview with Collider.

“You know what? The story actually reminds me a lot of – I mean, this is kind of a ridiculous thing to say because you don’t want to compare anything to it, a master, but it was reminiscent for me of a lot of the greatest [Hayao] Miyazaki films, and I watched his documentary right at the beginning of shooting and I sent it to David Lowery, the director, and he watched it and he was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I totally know what you’re talking about.’ So there’s an innocence to the film and to the story that’s really beautiful,” Howard explains.

The updated version will co-star Karl Urban, Robert Redford and Wes Bentley. Howard details the setting and how personal that was for her.

Petes Dragon movie poster“The movie takes place in the early 80s and so for me that’s when I grew up, I was born in the early 80s, and so it felt so much kind of like those classic 80s movies that you love about kids doing extraordinary things and going on adventures and kind of teaching the adults in their life just how to be a child again. So I think probably without giving away plot spoilers or whatnot, the film feels just really poignant and classic and sophisticated as well.”

The star of The Village and The Help praised Lowery, who is taking on the Disney project.

David’s a very sophisticated filmmaker, and I love that studios are getting behind these amazing filmmakers who kind of have nothing to lose and tell stories from a place of purity and love and are not necessarily doing it at all because they’re careerists. They’re making the movie because it’s the movie that they’ve always wanted to make their whole life.”

Check out the full interview with Collider here, especially Howard talking about going behind the camera.

The film also stars Craig Hall, Oona Laurence, Isaiah Whitlock and Oakes Fegley as Pete.

Pete’s Dragon arrives in theaters on August 12, 2016.

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