Robert Redford reveals that he enjoyed working with director David Lowery on Pete's Dragon, as he gave him freedom to explore his character.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Redford is back on the big screen next week with a remake of Pete's Dragon, which is based on the 1977 film of the same name.

While this is the first collaboration between Redford and Lowery, the actor reveals he was a fan of the director's previous film Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which played at the Sundance Film Festival.

Speaking to Collider, Redford said: "David Lowery was very welcoming, in terms of saying, 'Here's the character. Do you want to add something? Do you want to shift anything? I'd like your input.'

"He allowed me to enter the character and have my own way with him. That drew me even further into it. I got to design my own character, a little bit, in addition to what was written. That allowed me to get to know him more and, as a result, we're doing a film in the fall."

While Lowery is no stranger to the director's chair, Pete's Dragon is the biggest film of his career and mixes live-action performances with special effects.

Redford will take on the role of Mr. Meacham, a wood-carver who has always been telling stories of a dragon in the forest. He is also the father of Grace, played by Bryce Dallas Howard.

Redford and Howard are joined on the cast list by Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Oona Laurence.

As for Redford, this is the first time that we have seen him on the big screen since Truth at the beginning of the year.

However, the actor has also completed work on The Discovery, which sees him star alongside Rooney Mara, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Jason Segel.

Pete's Dragon is released 12th August.

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