Movie Web: Bryce Dallas Howard stars as Grace, a park ranger who stumbles upon a wild boy deep in the forest. Pete (Oakes Fegley) has long matted hair, is dirty, and in rags, but otherwise completely healthy. Where did he come from? How could he have survived in the woods alone? The mystery deepens as Pete tells Grace of Elliott, his pet dragon and protector. Grace's father (Robert Redford) had long told stories of his chance encounter with a magical creature in the woods. She had branded it as fiction, a tall tale meant to entertain children.