AceShowbiz - "How to Train Your Dragon 3" has added F. Murray Abraham to its voice cast. Deadline has reported that the Oscar-winning actor has been tapped to lend his voice to the villainous Grimmel in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film, which is set to be the final entry in the film series about young Hiccup and his Night Fury dragon Toothless.
"We are thrilled that F. Murray Abraham has joined our 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' cast as the villainous Grimmel," said Chris deFaria, head of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. "This character brings a captivating new story line to the culmination of our trilogy. There is a gentlemanly calm to this sinister role, one that dovetails beautifully with this iconic actor's immense range and talents."
Abraham won't be having a Scottish accent in the film, but rather a deep-baritone voice in the classic villain sense, according to the site. The "Amadeus" actor is joining the film franchise's star-studded voice cast that includes Jay Baruchel who returns as the voice of Hiccup, America Ferrera who will once again lend her voice to his girlfriend Astrid, Kit Harington who is back as the voice of Eret, and Cate Blanchett who returns as the voice of Hiccup's mother Valka.
Dean DeBlois is returning as director and screenwriter. Bonnie Arnold and Brad Lewis will produce the third and final installment of the "How to Train Your Dragon" film series which will be unleashed in theaters across the nation on March 1, 2019.
The final film will follow the events in "How to Train Your Dragon 2", which ended with Hiccup and Tootless having become the chief of Berk and Alpha dragon, respectively, after defeating the Bewilderbeast and Drago.
Abraham's credits include "Scarface", "Star Trek: Resurrection" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel". The 78-year-old actor's next film is Wes Anderson's animated feature "Isle of Dogs", which features cast members including Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton among others. It is scheduled for a March 23, 2018 release by Fox Searchlight Pictures.