Justin Rupple joins How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World cast

Toothless and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation.

Justin Rupple will take over the role of Tuffnut upon the release of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in February.

Ever since abuse allegations became public in December 2017, there were questions about whether or not a certain actor would be recast in upcoming films.  After director Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey in with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, there were questions as to whether Ready Player One or Deadpool 2 would follow suit.  Unfortunately, neither film would replace said actor.

In light of the #MeToo movement, the lack of recasting in either film was very disappointing.  When those two films didn’t recast, all eyes turned to How to Train Your Dragon.  After all, this is a family friendly film!  In interviews or a special look during TIFF, there was nothing but silence.  Because of the silence, it was assumed that no recasting would take place.  As such, I decided that I would not be seeing this film.  The good news came today that Justin Rupple is providing the voice of Tuffnut.  This news was confirmed on both Twitter and when the review embargo lifted.

With more than enough time to recast the role, not doing anything would have been the ultimate disappointment.  Sure enough, the Dean DeBlois-directed film recast the role of Tuffnut much to everyone’s surprise.

DreamWorks Animation opens How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters on February 22, 2019.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.