In SYFY WIRE's latest collection of casting news, the live-action Dora the Explorer movie signs up its titular character's mom, Z Nation lands a Walking Dead alum, and Tell Me a Story and Future Man add new actors in recurring roles. To paraphrase our intrepid young explorer's backpack: Anything that you might need, we've got inside for you. Let's dive in, shall we?
First off, actress Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) has been cast in the Dora the Explorer live-action film. She'll be portraying Dora's mother. Longoria joins a quickly expanding cast that is already confirmed to include Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight) as Dora, Eugenio Derbez (Overboard) as Alejandro Gutierrez, and Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) as Sammy, according to the film's IMDb page.
Earlier this month, developing studio Paramount released an official photo of Moner in character as Dora the Explorer:
The live-action movie is reportedly a follow-up to the Nickelodeon animated series, which concluded in 2014, and will see an older, teenaged Dora moving to the city and going "on a Goonies -esque adventure" with her friends, according to Variety. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Muppets) is directing from a script written by Nick Stoller (The Muppets). The Dora the Explorer movie is currently slated for an Aug. 2, 2019 release.
Meanwhile, SYFY's Z Nation has landed a former cast member from The Walking Dead. Actress Katy O'Brian, who played recurring character Savior Katy on the AMC series, will be making the jump from one zombie series to another as she joins the Season 5 cast of Z Nation in a new series regular role.
O'Brian's character, named Georgia "George" St. Clair, is described as "a young hero of the Newpocalypse," who rose through the ranks from college student to new political leader within the community she has helped to forge within NewMerica.
O'Brian shared the news of her casting via Instagram, expressing excitement over her participation in the SYFY hit series and calling George a character she "[relates] to through and through."
Hulu series Future Man has also announced new additions to its cast; actors Tim Johnson Jr. and Jade Catta-Preta will be appearing in a recurring capacity on the show's second season.
Future Man, which stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) follows the story of Josh Futterman, a young man who works as a janitor by day to finance his gaming career by night, who learns that he has now been relegated with humanity's protection by a group of visitors from the future.
Johnson Jr. will play a character named Jimmy, "a former child star who will be the first boy on Mars." Catta-Preta's character, named Level, is described as being "an integral member of a unique family group that Wolf becomes a part of thanks to a case of mistaken identity."
A release date for Season 2 of Future Man has yet to be announced.
Finally, dark and twisty fairy-tale reimagining Tell Me a Story has added three new actors, including a former Once Upon a Time cast member.
Michael Raymond-James, Kurt Yaeger, and Rarmian Newton have all been cast in recurring roles on the upcoming CBS All Access series written by horror maven Kevin Williamson.
The cast of Tell Me a Story currently features Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time), Danielle Campbell (The Originals), Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods), and Kim Cattrall (Mannequin).
Raymond-James, who genre fans are likely familiar with for his prior roles as Neal on Once Upon a Time and Rene on True Blood, will be playing Wesley's brother Eddie. Yaeger will play Terry, a former war vet and friend to Ramirez's Hannah. Newton has been cast as Ethan, a classmate of Campbell's new girl Kayla who takes a disturbing interest in her.
Tell Me a Story is set for an Oct. 31 premiere on CBS All Access.