First Look at Cate Blanchette’s Character from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Plus New Details on the Story


DreamWorks Animation has released a new image from one of my most-anticipated films of 2014, How to Train Your Dragon 2.  The image gives us our first look at “Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchette), a maverick Dragon Rider who lives as a recluse in the Arctic and becomes a mentor of sorts” to Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who is, as we’ve seen from the poster and trailer, older and hotter.  Director Dean DeBlois says Valka is “Somebody living with the animals and learning to communicate with them in non-verbal ways and becoming much like a dragon herself,” and “Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons and being very sympathetic to them has made her very distrusting of humans.”  As for the dragon she rides, Valka flies around on “Cloudjumper” who “has owl mannerisms and a second set of wings under his main ones that ‘can actually splay and become an X-wing’.”




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