“How to Train Your Dragon 3” Gets an Official Title and Synopsis

Jay Baruchel in "How to Train Your Dragon"

We are finally getting some official details about How to Train Your Dragon 3. Universal and DreamWorks announced that the latest installment in this animated action-fantasy franchise will be titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. We were also given a bit of an insight into the story of How to Train Your Dragon 3, since the official synopsis was also revealed:

“As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.”

Although initially announced for March 2018, How to Train Your Dragon 3 has been pushed back a year with the scheduled release on March 1st, 2019. Dean DeBlois is returning as a director and writer, while most of the cast is also set to reprise their roles including, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kit Harington and Kristen Wiig.

Before the movie gets a theatrical release, DreamWorks will offer an exclusive sneak peek to those who attend this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, scheduled to take place from June 11th to June 16th.

“As well as being a major artist, Dean DeBlois is a longtime friend of Annecy,” said festival’s artistic director Marcel Jean. “We are excited to welcome him this year and present his work in a context that will emphasize his great talent. The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is closely linked to our festival, and this is why we are eager to offer our audience the chance to preview footage from the film.”

The first movie in the How to Train Your Dragon film series was released in 2010 and was based on the British book series of the same name written by Cressida Cowell. The movie became a huge box office hit and was praised by the critics. The same recognition followed for 2014’s sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.