‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′: New Image & Details for Cate Blanchett’s Character

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Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2: New Image & Details for Cate Blanchetts Character

For those who still hadn’t quite figured out how to train their dragons by the end of 2010′s animated instructional video How to Train Your Dragon, help is at hand with the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2. Picking up five years after Hiccup, the heir to the throne of Berk, created peace between humans and dragons in his village, the sequel follows the further adventures of Hiccup as he and Toothless take to the air and go exploring.

In addition to the returning cast – including Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast and Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut – How to Train Your Dragon 2 also stars some new voices, including Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as a dragon hunter, Drago Bludvist, and Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) as a dragon protector, Valka.

An interview with writer and director Dean DeBlois in USA Today has spilt some more details on Blanchett’s character, starting with the fact that Valka was written specifically with Blanchett in mind. Valka is to the dragons what Dian Fossey was to gorillas: working as a vigilante who frees them from traps and helps them to hide from mankind.

In fact, she has come to prefer their company, according to DeBlois:

“[Valka has been] living with the animals and learning to communicate with them in non-verbal ways and becoming much like a dragon herself. Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons and being very sympathetic to them has made her very distrusting of humans.”

The article also includes a first look at Valka (see the image below), shown comforting a Hobblegrunt called Gruff. Valka’s favorite dragon is called Cloudjumper, and has mannerisms very close to that of an owl. He also has a second set of wings that can spread out and become an -wing, which should look very cool in the flying sequences.

Cate Blanchett as Valka in How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2: New Image & Details for Cate Blanchetts Character

According to DeBlois, Hiccup sees Valka as a kind of guru due to her close relationship with the dragons, but their views differ on how best to bridge the gap between humans and dragons. Specifically, Hiccup believes that the two species can peacefully coexist while Valka believes that the bridges should be thoroughly burned and then taken apart with a hammer just to be safe:

“[Hiccup] both admires her but sees her as what his life could be like taken to the extreme… Valka’s life is not only learning about all (the dragons’) secrets and ways and living among them, but also playing among them. That’s part of what she can show Hiccup, things he’s never known about dragon behavior.”

How to Train Your Dragon was a big hit when it came out, not only because of the breathtaking animation but also because of how endearing the characters were – both human and not-so-human. Boasting the benefits of having the same director and writer as the previous film, signs are already good that How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be a worthy follow-up.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in theaters on June 20th, 2014.

Source: USA Today

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  1. Can’t wait to see this. So far it seems like it’s gonna be a good sequel.

  2. Can’t wait to see it. Sounds like it will be pretty good so far.

    • Sorry double post

  3. The first was one of my favorite newer animated films ever, surprisingly. This should be really good.

  4. A shame the first one came out the same year as Toy Story 3, it certainly deserved an Oscar.
    I think Toothless is my favorite animation character of the last 10 years, absolutely perfect mix of puppy/kitten behavior in the earlier scenes and the facial animation was spot-on.

    One think i did not like about the first one was the way the eyes of the people were done, they seemed dead at certain times, especially Hiccups father had that problem in certain scenes… was kind off distracting.

  5. CANNOT WAIT!! :-)

  6. I always want a pet — Toothless. He is so cute and I love dragons! :D

  7. Saw the trailer for it and it sure looks simple, don’t know the story, but the scenes were amazing! I loved the first one, just wish they could follow the book trilogy. Although it’s nice not to see the same story come to life when we have such an amazing imagination. That’s why novels that aren’t movies yet tend to be my favorite. I feel when I read the book then see the movie story, it takes away from the book’s enjoyment imo. But I would LOVE to see a InterWorld adaption movie by Neil Gaiman, such a great book that isn’t recognized as much as it should be.

  8. Well Valka sounds like she’ll be an interesting addition.
    Someone knowing more than Hiccup was a good move, in both the specials and series he was the golden boy. It’d be cool to see someone who knows more than he does.