Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Madelyn Miranda Joins ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie as Young Dora

Young actor Madelyn Miranda has closed a deal to join Paramount’s live-action feature based Nickelodeon's beloved preschool series Dora the Explorer!


The up-and-coming nine-year-old star will play Young Dora in the movie, which 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, a girl who has spent most of her life exploring the jungle with them, but now must navigate her most dangerous adventure yet: high school.

The studio has committed to developing a cast full of Latinx talent.

Miranda now joins Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, who play the parents of the titular character; 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; 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), who will play the role of Powell.

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.

Per Madelyn Miranda's IMDb mini-bio:

"Madelyn began her acting career when she was only three years old and her first commercial audition was for Children's Motrin. She was very excited, but it wasn't her first booking. Her first bookings were for print work with Wal- Mart, Disney, Costco, and American Girl. Madelyn then started taking acting classes and got more into acting and since then she has worked on several short films [including 'Clouds' and 'Bernice] as well as the TV show SUPERSTORE. Madelyn loves to perform in many ways including, acting, singing and she also loves gymnastics, urban acrobatic/aerial training. Madelyn was also recently up for the lead role in the new Pet Cemetery. Madelyn is represented by DDO Artists Agency and New Beginnings Entertainment."

It has been revealed that Madelyn Miranda's minors contract that the 9-year-old will receive $8,420 for a guaranteed week's worth of filming. She'll get around $3,500 a week if she films anything beyond that. There are a couple of movie star perks written into the agreement: Madelyn will get put up in a swanky hotel while on the job, and be given a daily allowance of $65. Plus, she gets to fly business class during production. Miranda is slated to start filming her scenes today, Wednesday, 12th September 2018.

Dora the Explorer 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 is currently in production, and is filming 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 is headquartered, 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 is utilizing 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: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

H/T: 20 Minutos; Sources: Additional sources: Screen Rant, IMDb.
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