Finding Nemo spin-off Finding Dory has been set to be released this year with Ellen DeGeneres coming back to be the voice of Dory. Now, it has been announced that Michael Sheen will also be joining the cast.
According to Flickering Myth, the immediate update did not come as a surprise since Pixar is quite known for implementing changes mid-way the production.
In the episode of Dough Loves Movies, podcast host Doug Benson interviewed Michael Sheen and this is where the actor shared his involvement in the film.
“Finding Nemo 2 should be coming out some point… which I’m in.”
Michael Sheen Perfect for Finding Dory
London-based actor Michael Sheen has been active in British TV series since 1993. He was a part of Mystery!: Gallowglass, Maigret, The Grand, Lost in France, Animated Epics: Beowulf, and Doomwatch: Winter Angel.
However, Michael Sheen has been mostly popular in his work in Doctor Who in 2011. He was also a part of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1, and Masters of Sex.
As for his voice acting skills, Michael Sheen is not new in this craft. Animated Epics: Beowulf can be considered as his first voice acting project where he voiced the Wiglaf character. Joining him in Animated Epics: Beowulf are Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes.
His 2009 film A Child’s Christmas in Wales was also one of his voice acting projects. He was the narrator in the entire movie.
Michael Sheen is also part of the 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass movie where he plays the role of White Rabbit. Sheen is joined by Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. The late Alan Rickman was also a part of this Walt Disney film.
Finding Dory Anticipation
Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and it took the production more than a decade to create its spin-off so fans are really anticipating the new film. Interestingly, the Finding Dory spin-off’s plot and setting would just be six months after the first movie ended.
If the first movie was all about Nemo and how his father traveled the vastness of the ocean just to find him. Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced Dory in the first film, made a big impression with her witty character. Her forgetful nature has been annoying, but Dory’s loyalty has helped the father-son duo reunite. At the same time, Dory, for some unknown reason, knows how to read and how to speak whale. These skills are what helped Nemo’s father progress in his search.
In an interview with Omelete Pixar President Jim Morris confirmed that the family will be seen living in the same reef where the clown fishes started their journey.
One day, Dory would go with Nemo to attend a class trip where she would feel lonely and lost after seeing how mantra rays migrate back to their home. She then realized that she does not know where her family is. She does not know where she came from.
“The movie will be mostly set at the California Marine Biology Institute, a huge complex of sea life rehabilitation and aquarium, where Dory was born and raised. We will get to meet new characters, like an octopus, sea lions, a beluga whale, among others,” added Morris.
Film director Andrew Stanton spoke during the D23 Expo last August 2015 and said that he was inspired to make a sequel because he “wanted to know that if this charming, forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK.”
Finding Dory is set to hit the big screens on June 17.
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