Michael Pena, Eva Longoria Join 'Dora the Explorer'; Here's Everything We Know

Michael Pena, Eva Longoria Join 'Dora the Explorer'; Here's Everything We Know

Aug 22, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Educational TV show Dora the Explorer began a long run on Nickelodeon in 2000 and proved to be immensely popular over its 172 episodes. It spawned toys, books, video games, foreign adaptations, stage adaptations and a sequel series. Now a big-screen version is on its way.

Michael Pena (Ant-Man and The Wasp, above) and Eva Longoria (Overboard) have just joined the cast in key roles. Here's everything we know about the project.

Who is Dora the Explorer?

Dora loves to go on adventures, wherever they may take her. She is known for wearing a purple backpack, which talks, and is accompanied by Boots, a monkey. She is a Latina girl, aged 7 as the original series begins. In 2009, she became a young adult, attending middle school. The film version will begin with Dora as she starts high school.

Who is starring?

Isabela Moner, who is now 17 years of age. She made a splash in last year's Transformers: The Last Knight and this year's Sicario: Day of the Soldado. She costars in the upcoming Instant Family, alongside Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer; the comedy is due in theaters on November 16.

Eugenio Derbez (Overboard) will play a mysterious yet friendly inhabitant of the jungle. Other characters will be played by Micke Moreno as Dora's cousin Diego, Nicholas Combe as a fellow high schooler who quickly develops a crush on Dora, Madeleine Madden as the school's "snooty class president," Adriana Barraza as Dora's beloved grandmother and Temuera Morrison (Moana) as a man named Powell.

Michael Pena (Ant-Man and The Wasp) and Eva Longoria (Overboard) have just joined the cast; they will portray Dora's parents. THR notes that, before high school, Dora explored the jungle with her parents, which raises the possibility that they will team up with her on her new adventure at some point.

What's the plot of the movie?

The official synopsis tells us: "Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – 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."

Who is directing?

James Bobin. He's an experienced television helmer who made his feature debut with The Muppets, followed by Muppets Most Wanted and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

When can we see it?

Production just got underway in Queensland, Australia; it will film entirely in Australia's Gold Coast. Paramount has scheduled Dora the Explorer for theatrical release on August 2, 2019.

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