Bryce Dallas Howard May Meet “Pete’s Dragon”

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is in early talks to nab the lead female role in the Disney remake PETE’S DRAGON. The remake of the 1977 film of the same name will follow a lonely orphaned boy named Pete who leaves his abusive foster family and arrives in a small fishing village in Maine, where he is befriended by a dragon named Elliott. The 1977 film is a musical, but sources reveal that this outing will function as a straight narrative. If she boards the project, Howard will join Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence, with Robert Redford currently still in talks. David Lowery will helm a script from Toby Halbrooks.

Over recent years, Howard has established herself as somewhat of a franchise darling, popping up into various pre-existing franchises, most notably “Spider-Man 3,” the last three “Twilight Saga” films and “Terminator Salvation.” Recently, she appeared in the drama “50/50” starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and made a remarkable turn as the miserable Hilly Holbrook in the oscar nominated film “The Help,” starring alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain. Up next, she’ll appear in another franchise film, the long-awaited fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” She will also star in “The Free World” and go behind the camera to write and direct the drama “The Originals”, which is produced by her father’s company, Imagine Entertainment.

Howard is repped by ICM and

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