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Cleveland actress Isabela Moner to play Dora the Explorer in live-action movie

May 2, 2018 GMT

Cleveland actress Isabela Moner to play Dora the Explorer in live-action movie

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland native Isabela Moner is going back to her roots.

The 16-year-old actress from West Park has been cast to play Dora the Explorer in a live-action movie based on the longtime Nickelodeon animated series, the Hollywood Reporter reported. When she was younger, Moner voiced a character on the Dora spinoff series, “Dora and Friends: Into the City.”

“We are thrilled to have found our Dora in Isabela,” Paramount Players president Brian Robbins said in a statement. “Dora has long been a celebrated, strong heroine in animated television, and like Dora, Isabela has an incredible spirit and is an advocate for positive values. With our partners at Nickelodeon, we look forward to continuing Dora’s story for generations to come.”

The franchise centers around Dora Marquez, a young, plucky Latina girl whose problem-solving adventures take her, her trusty purple Backpack and best friend/monkey Boots around the world.

Moner, 16, is of Peruvian descent.

“I’m honored and excited to bring Dora to life. I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model — she is a strong, adventurous and fun-loving girl,” Moner said in a statement. “I can’t wait to put on the backpack and begin her next adventure!”

The actress starred for two seasons on Nickelodeon’s “100 Things To Do Before High School.” Her biggest film role to date came last year in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Moner can be seen in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” this summer.

The Dora live-action feature comes from director James Bobin and screenwriter Nick Stoller, the same team behind 2011′s “The Muppets.” The film is scheduled to be released on August 2, 2019.