Jeffrey Wahlberg Joins Dora The Explorer Live Action Movie

Posted by at 12:33 pm on November 14, 2018

The live-action Dora the Explorer movie may be wrapping production soon but there has been a major casting change, as Jeffrey Wahlberg, the nephew of Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg, has replaced Micke Moreno as Dora’s cousin Diego.

Isabela Moner (Sicario: Day of the Soldado) will star as the titular teen, who heads out on an adventure with her best friend, Boots the monkey, and her cousin Diego. Moner is no stranger to working with Wahlbergs, having starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: The Last Knight and Instant Family, the latter of which hits theaters on Friday and may be the most pleasant surprise of the year.

As for Dora the Explorer, director James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) has assembled a cast of diverse superstars such as Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, as well as Adriana Barraza, Temuera Morrison and Q’orianka Kilcher. Longoria and Peña will play Dora’s parents, while Barraza will play Dora’s grandmother and Derbez will play a roguish explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez.

Dora the Explorer is based on the popular Nickelodeon children’s show, and Paramount Players has a mandate to leverage Viacom-owned properties for the big screen treatment. The studio is also developing a feature adaptation of the beloved Nick series Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The character of Diego is an important one within the Dora the Explorer universe, having received his own animated TV spinoff Go, Diego, Go! on Nickelodeon. Wahlberg, who is half-Dominican, was always a favorite for the role of Diego, so when Moreno had to leave the project in a hurry, Paramount was quick to reach out to the young actor.

Like his uncle Mark before him, Wahlberg is a Calvin Klein model who recently co-starred in the indie action movie Future World, co-directed by James Franco, who also stars.

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