Fans of Dora the Explorer are counting the minutes until Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theaters August 9. The live-action movie tells Dora's story as she embarks on her most dangerous adventure ever — high school!
So is Swiper in the new Dora movie? Yes, and he's voiced by Benicio del Toro!
Anyone who's ever seen the Dora the Explorer cartoon on Nickelodeon is familiar with Swiper, the sneaky orange fox who likes to hide and steal anything and everything. In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, a CGI-version of Swiper is voiced by Benicio del Toro.
Danny Trejo voices Boots in Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
In the cartoon, Boots is a blue monkey who doubles as Dora's best friend. In the movie, Boots isn't blue, but he's still Dora's bestie and he happens to be voiced by Danny Trejo.
Isabela Moner plays Dora the Explorer — and was committed to the part!
The actress — who you probably recognize from her role as CJ Martin on Nickelodeon's 100 Things to Do Before High School — was all about playing Dora.
In a March 2019 interview with Forbes, Isabela said, "I'm so excited for Dora, you don’t understand."
"Dora's adventures will take audiences to Machu Picchu where they'll explore the Incan culture," she continued. "I had to learn Quechua to speak it in the movie because Dora is very cultured and she knows everything about everything... I'm still trying to grasp the fact that Peru is finally being represented so largely in Hollywood because it never has before. This is going to be huge in every sense of the word."
So why is Dora in high school in the movie?
In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Dora is no longer the little 6-year-old fans know from the TV show — she's a teenager!
"She's 16 but acts the same as she did at 6," director James Bobin told USA Today. "She’s super positive and the world hasn’t beaten her down yet. She’s unlike any other teenager you know: self-aware, somewhat self-conscious. That automatically makes Dora a fish out of water." It's a new kind of adventure for Dora!
Eva Longoria and Michael Peña play Dora's parents.
Eva accepted the role and flew to Australia to film shortly after giving birth to her son, Santiago, in June 2018.
"I didn't really have a choice," she said in an interview with TooFab. "I could've said no, but I couldn't. I literally could not have said no to this movie. The opportunity that this movie provided, not only for me, but for my community and for people who look like me, I was like, I have to do this movie."
We can't wait to watch it! Dora and the Lost City of Gold opens in theaters August 9.
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