One of the hardest things about bringing a cartoon to life with a live action movie is making sure that the more fantastical aesthetic of the original is nailed down while still grounding the movie with live actors. Casting is everything. This was and is particularly true for the upcoming adaption of the famous kid’s show Dora The Explorer because the star needs to be believably bilingual and able to rock a questionable haircut. With Isabel Moner, a Disney channel alum who has had some film roles, producers seem to have found their star. Moner recently shared a picture of herself in costume and put any concerns hardcore fans of the franchise — there are plenty — might have had to rest.
Moner didn’t beat around the bush when she put her Dora duds up on Instagram: “So excited to show you the First Look of me as #DoraTheExplorer,” Moner wrote, presumably aware that if all goes well she’ll be wearing the short-sleeved pink henley for the next decade or dos. Money seems fine with it. Though she is known for roles in Transformers: The Last Knight and, more recently and watchably in Sicario: Day of The Solado, in which she plays the teenage daughter of a drug kingpin, the role of Dora marks a breakthrough for the young actor, who came up on the not-terribly-popular 100 Things to Do Before High School.
Fans will note that Moner is a bit old for the role. The original Dora The Explorer follows Dora as a 7-year-old explorer traveling all over the world with Boots, her pet monkey, and her pal Diego. Moner is 17 years old. Per a report from Mashable, Paramount Studios has been cooking up a live-action adaptation of Dora The Explorer that follows Dora as a teenager exploring cities with a similarly grown-up version of Diego since 2015. Interestingly enough, Michael Bay, the same guy who brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to life in their most recent film outing, will be producing. No word yet on how many explosions there will be.
(As a note, Isabel Moner is friends with Benicio Del Toro, who would be an amazing Diego when it comes time for the gritty reboot.)
There’s no release date confirmed yet, but Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin, of Muppets Most Wanted fame, will be writing and directing respectively. Expect the movie to be everywhere and for Moner, probably still dressed as Dora, to be everywhere as well.