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Casting: Dora movie finds another Explorer; Netflix pumps up Chambers; more

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Jun 7, 2018

Michael Bay’s live action Dora the Explorer movie continues to take shape with the fresh addition of Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, who reportedly has joined the cast to appear in an unnamed role. 

Via Deadline, Derbez (Overboard, The Angry Birds Movie) will star alongside teen actor Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), who signed on in May to anchor the film as the titular plucky, intrepid explorer from the long-running Nickelodeon animated TV show.

The live action movie reportedly will bring back other popular characters from the series, including Dora's cousin, Diego, and her red-booted monkey buddy, Boots.

Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) is writing the Dora screenplay. Paramount Pictures also has revealed that Walden Media is now attached to the movie in a co-financing and co-producing capacity, according to the report. 

Dora the Explorer is slated to swing into theaters on Aug. 2 of 2019.


Over on the small screen, supernatural horror drama Chambers is taking shape at Netflix with the fresh addition of TV and film veteran Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Ghost), who will star opposite Uma Thurman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Goldwyn reportedly will play a character named Ben Lefevre, the father of an organ donor whose heart — now in the body of another recovering heart attack victim — becomes the central mystery. Nancy (Thurman), Ben’s wife, begins to suspect that their deceased daughter Becky isn’t really dead at all. Meanwhile, the young woman who received Becky's donated heart begins to ominously display strange characteristics that mimic its heart’s former owner. 

Created by Leah Rachel, who previously wrote and directed a 2015 short film titled Boys I Used to Babysit, Chambers (so named for the four chambers of the human heart) is being developed by Netflix as a 10-episode series. Rachel also is executive producing the show with Stephen Gaghan and Akela Cooper (Grimm, The 100).

Netflix hasn’t revealed when Chambers will course its way onto the streaming service, so stay tuned for updates.


Racing back to the land of live action big screen adaptations, the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie has just added Tika Sumpter (Final SpaceRide Along) to the cast, according to Variety.

Sumpter will star opposite James Marsden (Westworld) in the venerable Sega video game’s first-ever feature film. Directed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic is set to speed into theaters on Nov. 15 of 2019.