Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Nickelodeon and Paramount's ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie Casts Micke Moreno as Diego

After working with Benicio Del Toro on Escobar: Paradise Lost, up-and-coming actor Micke Moreno has been cast as Diego in Paramount Players’ live-action Dora the Explorer movie, Collider has revealed!

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. Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard) will play a roguish explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez.

James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing from a script by Nick Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, and Walden Media is co-financing and co-producing the project with Paramount, which 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.

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.

The character of Diego Marquez is an important one within the Dora the Explorer universe, having received his own animated TV spinoff Go, Diego, Go! which ran for 75 episodes over five seasons on Nickelodeon. The part is a big break for Moreno, who got his start on TV series such as El Capo and Alias El Mexicano, both of which were produced and distributed by FOX Latin America. He’s also a talented singer who has participated in The X Factor and La Banda. He played Martin in Escobar: Paradise Lost, which also co-starred Josh Hutcherson and Brady Corbet. Moreno is represented by TOR Entertainment and Talent on the Road Management.

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