ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

We're getting a live action Dora the Explorer movie, Deadline reports. Puss in Boots writer Tom Wheeler has been hired to pen the script, so we could be seeing a 3D Dora before 2017 is out.

Imagine all of this in glorious, three dimensional life...

You may remember the spoof Live Action Dora the Explorer from College Humor, which posits Dora as a more Lara Croft style ass-kicker... which wouldn't be an altogether terrible idea for a movie.

The general audience for Dora the Explorer is about 20 years younger than the average age of my social circles, so forgive me if I'm not an expert on this front, but I'm thinking that casting the role of Dora herself will be a pretty important step.

The interesting thing will be HOW the movie approaches the format; will Dora actually be a tiny kid or will she be a more grown-up version of the kids' hero? Nickelodeon itself unveiled a more 'tween' Dora:

Nickelodeon also said that Dora "was developed to be pan-Latina to represent the diversity of Latino cultures," so the movie will be a cool opportunity to show off some young Latina talent. Here are a few Latina American actresses who could fit the bill for a slightly older Dora role!

Madison Pettis

Age: 17

Why it'd work: Madison has some relevant experience with shows like Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Cory in the House.

Fátima Ptacek

Age: 15

Why it'd work: If you're looking for a tried-and-tested Dora the Explorer, why not go with the girl who already provides the voice for the beloved intrepid infant?

Selena Gomez

Age: 23

Why it'd work: Selena's very popular, has retained that wholesome Disney vibe, and still looks about 11-years-old.

Source: Deadline, Nickelodeon, Youtube, College Humor


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