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Isabela Moner Is Set To Play Dora The Explorer In The Live-Action Movie

Did you know they were making a live-action Dora the Explorer movie? Because that’s one piece of entertainment news I surely missed! 

On Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly reported that Isabela Moner will play the titular character in Paramount Picture’s live-action Dora film, which will be released in 2019. For those unfamiliar with the #iconic series, EW describes the series, which originally aired on Nickelodeon, as a show about “a 7-year-old Mexican-American girl who takes on a series of adventures alongside her monkey and talking backpack.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the live-action film would focus on a teenage Dora “who moves to the city to live with her cousin Diego.” 

Moner, whose previous credits include Transformers: The Last Knight and this summer’s upcoming Sicario: Day of the Soldado, is excited to take on the role. “I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model—she is a strong, adventurous, and fun-loving girl. I can’t wait to put on the backpack and begin her next adventure,” Moner said.


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Based on the creative team alone, the live-action Dora is shaping up to be one of the more interesting films of 2019. 

Michael Bay (yes, Transformers Michael Bay) is serving as executive producer; Nicholas Stoller, director of popular R-rated comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors, has written the script; and James Bobbin, director of The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, will direct. No word on additional casting yet, but based on the range of everyone attached to this film, I can’t wait to see who they bring on as Diego. 

Dora the Explorer is slated to hit theaters, August 2, 2019.

Sarah Shevenock is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she served as a staff writer and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus William and Mary. Currently, she is a National Contributing Writer and Entertainment Blogger. In her free time, she enjoys reading voraciously, watching morning news programs, and keeping up with the latest television and movie news. She loves to talk about anything and everything related to theatre, cheer for her beloved Pittsburgh Penguins, and drink fancy coffee.
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