Friday, September 14, 2018

Eva Longoria Joins ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie as Dora’s Mother, Elena

Dora the Explorer has found her mom!


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Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria has joined Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explorer feature based on the character from Nickelodeon's beloved preschool series of the same name. The movie stars Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Transformers: The Last Knight, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Instant Family) in the film’s title role.

Per the studio, the movie will tell the story of Dora, a girl who has spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, but now must navigate her most dangerous adventure yet: high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.

Longoria is playing Elena, Dora's mother.

Update (9/14): Eva Longoria shared a photo on her official Twitter account which features what could be the new Dora the Explorer film logo!:


Longoria starred for eight seasons as Gabrielle on Desperate Housewives, the comedic soap opera that made her a household name. She has appeared in movies such as In a World… and the recent Overboard remake (as Theresa), alongside her Dora co-star Eugenio Derbez, who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders in Dora, and is currently appearing in theatres opposite Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard, and Vanessa Hudgens in Ken Marino’s canine comedy, Dog Days from Annapurna Pictures. Longoria has also become a force in producing television shows with her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and is an executive producer on ABC's new drama Grand Hotel which is slated for midseason as well as the recently announced series Ambassador which received a big put pilot commitment from ABC. Longoria also executive produced the Lifetime series Devious Maids and NBC comedy Telenovela, in which she also starred. She and her newborn son Santiago appeared on the cover of Hola! USA magazine in July.

She is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


Moner and Longoria are joined in the film by: Eugenio Derbez (Overboard, Instructions Not Included, How to Be A Latin Lover), who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders. The film also features big screen newcomer Micke Moreno (Escobar: Paradise Lost), in the role of cousin Diego; Nicholas Coombe (Spy Kids: Mission Control, Midnight Sun) as Randy, a fellow high schooler who develops an immediate crush on Dora; Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Tidelands) as the school’s snooty class president, Sammy; and Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Amores Perros, Thor, The 33) as Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Temuera Morrison (Green Lantern, Moana) will play the role of Powell. Additional key casting announcements are forthcoming.

The film is produced by Christopher Robin producer Kristin Burr, who is joined by longtime Bobin associate, executive producer John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through the Looking Glass) as well as executive producers Julia Pistor (The Spiderwick Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Eugenio Derbez.

Bobin has assembled a talented team behind the camera that also includes reunions with Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Alice Through the Looking Glass) and costume designer Rahel Afiley (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Flight of the Conchords). The pair will be joined by six-time Goya Award winning (and BAFTA nominated) cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, A.S.C. (Secretos del corazón, The Others, Blue Jasmine, Thor: Ragnarok), film editor Mark Everson (Paddington, Paddington 2) and BAFTA-nominated VFX supervisor Andy Brown (Black Panther, House of Flying Daggers, Moulin Rouge!)

Dora the Explorer will film entirely in Australia’s Gold Coast, in the state of Queensland on the continent’s east coast south of Brisbane. Village Roadshow Studios, where the production will headquarter, has been host to several major Hollywood movies in the last few years, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and, most recently, DC’s Aquaman. In addition to designer Hennah’s stage builds, the production will utilize Queensland’s diverse landscape, notably tropical forests near Tamborine Mountain and Tallebudgera, to portray Dora’s jungle habitat.

Dora the Explorer is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association with Walden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.

More Nick: First Look at Isabela Moner in Paramount's 'Dora the Explorer' Movie!

Originally published: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8:07pm BST.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, ComicBook, ComingSoon.net, Marca.com.
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