It’s no secret that a sequel to last year’s How To Train Your Dragon is on the way. The movie was a critical and commercial success that brought some positive attention to DreamWorks Animation who were in dire need of a good film. The Shrek franchise has more than worn out its welcome. Last fall they revealed that How to Train Your Dragon 2 would hit theaters in 2013, and that the majority of the cast would return. Everyone’s name was on the list except for the one and only Gerard Butler. We thought he was a strange omission, so we’re happy to report that he’s finally been confirmed for the sequel.

The casting news comes from Empire, who say that Butler was the last actor to sign on for the sequel. With his addition, the entire original cast will be on board. He’ll join the aforementioned Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.

The sequel is being made under the creative guidance of Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, and Bonnie Arnold. It is written and directed by DeBlois and produced by Arnold. Once again based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is executive produced by Sanders and DeBlois.

What do you think of Butler returning for How to Train Your Dragon?