Thursday, August 02, 2018

Madeleine Madden Cast in Paramount Players' Live-Action 'Dora the Explorer' Movie

Paramount Players has announced that up and coming Australian actor Madeleine Madden has been cast in the studio's live-action Dora the Explorer movie! Madden will play Dora's friend, whom the beloved Nickelodeon character meets in high school in the film. Madden's character's name is being kept under wraps for the time being.

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. Joining Moner and Madden on the flick is: Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), who is playing a roguish explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez; Micke Moreno (El Capo, Escobar: Paradise Lost), who will portray Dora's cousin Diego; and Oscar-nominated actor Adriana Barraza (Babel, The Strain), who is playing Dora’s grandmother, Abuela Valerie.

Madden recently co-starred as Marion Quade opposite Natalie Dormer and Samara Weaving in Amazon’s acclaimed miniseries, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Next up, Madden will be seen starring in Netflix’s Pine Gaps and Tidelands, where she stars opposite Parker Sawyers and Elsa Pataky respectively.

James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through The Looking Glass) is directing and co-writing 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.

Madden is repped by Grandview, Sue Barnett & Associates and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline; H/T: Business Standard News.
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