Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Isabela Moner to Play Dora in Paramount's New Live-Action 'Dora the Explorer' Movie

Paramount Pictures has found its Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-Dora the Explorer!

Photofest; Suzanne Teresa

Isabela Moner, last seen on the big screen in Transformers: The Last Knight with Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, will headline the studio’s live-action Dora the Explorer movie, Paramount announced Wednesday.

The live-action theatrical feature will follow a teenage Dora on an adventure while she is accompanied by her best friend, the monkey Boots, and her cousin Diego. It will be based on the long-running hit Nickelodeon animated preschool series.

Moner, 16, has appeared in Nickelodeon’s 100 Things to Do Before High School comedy series, Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie, and voiced the character Kate in Nickelodeon's 2014 Dora the Explorer animated spinoff Dora and Friends: Into the City!. She has also lent her voice to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. She’ll soon be seen opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.

“I’m honored and excited to bring Dora to life,” Moner said in a statement. “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. I can’t wait to put on the backpack and begin her next adventure!”

Photo: Twitter /@joshHsmith1991.

James Bobin will direct from a screenplay by Nick Stoller, the writer-director behind films including The Muppets, Zoolander 2 and Neighbors, and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. The movie hails from Paramount's new Paramount Players division. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes label and his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the flick, although Michael Bay is not thought to be directly involved with the movie.

“We are thrilled to have found our Dora in Isabela,” Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players, said. “Dora has long been a celebrated, strong heroine in animated television, and like Dora, Isabela has an incredible spirit and is an advocate for positive values. With our partners at Nickelodeon, we look forward to continuing Dora’s story for generations to come.”

Moner, who is repped by CAA and Peikoff Mahan, will also star in the studio's upcoming family comedy Instant Family, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne.

Dora the Explorer will shoot in Queensland, Australia, and is scheduled for release Aug. 2, 2019.

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Variety.
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