Just in case you needed a quick reminder – studio bigwig Paramount Players is set to produce a live-action take on Dora The Explorer.
Animated television’s best and most favorite young adventurer is indeed coming to life next year. The film adaption is set to follow the titular character into tweendom as she continues embarking on her expert quests with help from her friends, and her cousin Diego – who is confirmed to be played by up and coming Paradise Lost actor Micke Moreno in the film.
Back at the beginning of May, it was confirmed that actress/singer Isabela Moner – best known for her work on the Nickelodeon comedy series 100 Things To Do Before High School and in the fifth Transformers installment from 2017 – was set to portray the title character.
“I’m honored and excited to bring Dora to life. I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model — she is a strong, adventurous and fun-loving girl," Moner had said in an official press release upon her casting.
Now, as of August 20th, 2018, Dora seems to have found her mum Elena, who is to be played, according to The Hollywood Reporter, by Eva Longoria.
The movie, which is currently already in full swing production in Australia, is being directed by James Bobin with Kristin Burr producing as well as the involvement of companies such as Nickelodeon and Walden Media.
It seems to be aiming for a slightly older audience by straying away from its animated origins as Dora grows up and heads to high school – an adventure that when compared to her previous life of jungle exploration may prove to be the “most dangerous” yet, as THR notes. The talkative Latina girl, however, isn’t scared off by the said challenge and goes on to lead a “rag-tag group of teens on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.”
As Dora’s mother, Longoria – who is famed in her own right for having starred eight seasons on ABC's Desperate Housewives as well as more recently in Overboard and in Dog Days – will join a cast that also includes Overboard castmate Eugenio Derbez, as the film’s evil villain, as well as Midnight Sun’s Nicholas Coombe, and Australian actress Madeleine Madden, who are set to play a fellow high schooler.
Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza is also playing Abuelita Valerie, Dora’s grandmother.
Here’s to hoping that the movie world’s latest and greatest animated turned live-action release will be everything everyone is hoping it will be.
With help from Moner, Derbez, Valerie, and now, Longoria, expect to follow along the bilingual hero’s footsteps as she continues to help her audience develop mathematical and linguistic skills, to preach messages of kindness and equality, and to deliver everything fans "would have wanted to see" from a real-life Dora just like Moner promises in an interview with ScreenRant.
Prepare for an amazing adventure come August 2nd, 2019. We cannot wait!