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When Dean DeBlois, the co-director of "How to Train Your Dragon," found himself at the Oscars, where his film was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Score, surrounded by Hollywood's finest, he knew what to do: try to cajole one of them into being a voice in his next movie. That's exactly what happened.

"She was just standing there," the director recalls to USA Today (who debuted the first shot of the new character as well), "and I said, 'I've written a part for you in "How to Train Your Dragon 2."' You have to seize those opportunities when they present themselves. She's such a glamorous starlet but, at the same time, this very grounded, super-cool Australian who drinks out of the can."

Blanchett's character in the new film is Valka, a renegade dragon conversationalist who Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his pet dragon Toothless encounter in a wintery arctic region. »

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