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Casting: Benicio Del Toro playing Swiper in live-action Dora; Stargirl finds its Wildcat

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Dec 14, 2018, 4:30 PM EST (Updated)

Swiper, no swiping...our latest casting roundup, because it's full of exciting news about Paramount's Dora the Explorer movie and DC Universe's Stargirl. 

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Benicio Del Toro will be voicing Swiper the Fox (most likely brought to life by CGI) in Paramount's live-action adaptation of Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer movie.

This couldn't have been a better bit of casting, as Del Toro was excellent as the petty, stuttering thief, DJ, in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Swiper is similar in that he's a masked bandit always trying to steal from Dora and her monkey friend, Boots. He can be kept at bay if the phrase "Swiper, no swiping!" is repeated three times in a row. When thwarted, Swiper utters his own catchphrase of indignation, "Ooooh, man!"

Del Toro will star opposite Isabela Moner (Dora), Michael Pena (Dora's dad), Q'orianka Kilcher (Inca Princess Kawillaka), Eva Longoria (Elena), Temuera Morrison (Powell), and Eugenio Derbez (Alejandro Gutierrez). The plot revolves around Dora entering high school after living in the jungle with her parents for most of her life.

As you'd expect, the ins and outs of adolescence are much more confusing and scary to our central character than a lethal collection of plants and animals. After her parents go missing, Dora must save them with the help of Boots, Diego, and others in an epic Indiana Jones-inspired adventure that also ends in the discovery of a lost Incan civilization. 

James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing the movie, which open August 2, 2019. Nicholas Stoller (Storks) and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (LA to Vegas) wrote the screenplay. 

We talked about Stargirl  a lot this week, but the DC Universe series is really underway in its casting, making it perfect for stories like this! According to the streaming service, Brian Stapf (Roy on The Walking Dead) will portray the hero known as Wildcat. 

Also known as Ted Grant, Wildcat was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Irwin Hasen in the early 1940s. Once a boxing champion, Grant became a superhero to clear his name of false murder charges, only to realize that he liked being a crimefighter. Wildcat went on to help found the Justice League Society of America. 

Here he is fighting Killer Croc in the pages of last year's Batman/Wildcat:


Credit: DC Comics

Wildcat's appeared in a number of DC shows to date, including Smallville, Arrow, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Stargirl is expected to premiere in 2019. Both Joel McHale and Lou Ferigno Jr. also joined the cast this week.