Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Live-Action 'Dora the Explorer' Movie Casts Adriana Barraza as Dora's Grandmother, Abuela Valerie

Hot on the heels of Paramount Players announcing that Micke Moreno has been cast as Diego in the studio's upcoming live-action Dora the Explorer movie, Paramount Players has announced that Oscar-nominated actor Adriana Barraza has been cast as Dora’s grandmother, Abuela Valerie in the film!

Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Transformers: The Last Knight) will star as the titular teen, who heads out on an adventure with her best friend, Boots the monkey, and her cousin Diego when she moves to the city. Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard) will play a roguish explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez.

Barraza earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her supporting role in 2006’s Babel, and she was most recently seen in Guillermo del Toro‘s FX series The Strain. Her feature credits include Thor, Cake, The 33 and Amores Perros. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and DePaz Management.

James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through The Looking Glass) is directing Dora the Explorer from a script by Nick Stoller (Neighbors) and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company, and his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, will be producing, and Walden Media is co-financing and co-producing the project with Paramount.

Dora the Explorer is slated to release the film on Friday, August 2, 2019. The film will face stiff box office competition on that date, as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham‘s Fast and Furious spin-off will hit theaters that day along with Fox’s New Mutants and an untitled event film from Warner Bros., though Dora obviously appeals to a much younger audience.

Dora the Explorer will be filmed on location in Queensland, Australia, including at Sound Stage 9 at Village Roadshow Studios. Cameras due to begin rolling on Monday, August 6.

“We could not be more thrilled to be bringing Dora to Queensland and to be able to deliver Queensland for our film,” Lee Rosenthal, President of Physical Production for Paramount Pictures, said earlier this year. “In Queensland, we are able to get outstanding crew, stages and a variety of jungle topography and city backdrops in essentially one place.”

Dora the Explorer is based on Nickelodeon's beloved animated preschool series, and Paramount Players has a mandate to leverage Viacom-owned properties for the big screen treatment. The studio is also developing a feature adaptation of the beloved Nick series Are You Afraid of the Dark? and a CG-animated/live-action hybrid Rugrats movie.

Are you excited to see the cast of Dora the Explorer take shape? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Source: Collider; H/T: ComicBook.

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