Harington as signed on to play the film’s thus far unnamed villain in the inevitable sequel to the surprise 2010 original, which grossed almost half a billion dollars worldwide. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, losing out only to Toy Story 3 and The Social Network in the categories of Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, respectively.
The plot of the sequel is thus far unknown, but the original cast have all signed on to return, including Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Co-director of the first film, Dean DeBlois, is on writing and directing duties.
How To Train Your Dragon was an unexpected hit and now it seems that DreamWorks wants a sequel, attempting to mirror the success of the Shrek franchise, which is still their highest earning property. If it comes off, it could lead to DreamWorks finally staking a decent claim to the dominance currently enjoyed by Disney/Pixar in the animated film arena.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is due for release in June 2014.