'How to Train Your Dragon 3' updates: Cate Blanchett expresses excitement over upcoming film

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The third installment of the animated film “How To Train Your Dragon” will be released in 2018. But as early as now, one of the actors who will be in the film, Cate Blanchett, has expressed her enthusiasm on the project.

“I am really excited. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but Dean has such an extraordinary imagination. And he directed in such a detailed, engaged way he holds a firm grip on the universe,” The Academy Award winning actress told Variety earlier this month while doing the rounds for this year’s Awards season.

The 46-year-old actress will voice Valka, Stoick’s (Gerard Butler) wife and Hiccup’s (Jay Baruchel) long lost mother. The character was introduced in the second installment of the franchise, and she is slated to come back for the closing movie.

Meanwhile, “How to Train Your Dragon” novel writer Cresidda Cowell recently shared her writing ethics with Huffington Post UK Parents.

“I write for children because I think children’s authors can make a real, positive difference to our society,” Cowell said.

“My first role as a children’s book writer is to get as many children as possible reading for pleasure. It has to be ‘for pleasure’ because numerous studies from the National Literacy Trust show that the two key factors in a child’s later educational success are one, parental involvement in education and two, reading for pleasure,” Cowell further elaborated.

Cowell banks on her personal experiences in terms of her writing. Mother to Maisie, 17, Clemmie, 15 and Alexander, 12, she came to prominence when she won a Nestle Children’s Book Award for “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown” in 2006.

“How To Train Your Dragon 3” is expected to focus more on Hiccup as he tries to deal and struggle with his life as an adult. Movie director Dean DeBlois shared that there is still a lot left to learn about Hiccup and his relationship with Toothless. As previously reported, the two friends will gear up for war with a possibility of only one of them surviving.