DeGeneres hooked for Nemo sequel

Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her animated character Dory, right, for the <i>Finding Nemo</i> sequel, <i>Finding Dory</i>.
Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her animated character Dory, right, for the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory

Ellen DeGeneres is going fishing again with a sequel to the animated blockbuster Finding Nemo.

The long-awaited sequel to Pixar's computer-animated hit Finding Nemo will hit cinemas in November 2015, 12 years after the original was released.

Disney, which bought Pixar in 2006, announced on Wednesday that it has committed to a release date for the film, to be titled Finding Dory. Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to reprise her role as the voice of Dory.

According to Disney, the film will feature new characters along with familiar ones, including Nemo and his dad, Marlin, who was voiced by Albert Brooks. There's no word yet from Disney on whether Brooks will reprise his voice role.

Plans for the sequel were announced in July 2012, but there was no title, casting details or release date.

The writer-director of the original, Andrew Stanton was, however, announced as director, and he remains, despite the phenomenal flop of his film John Carter, the Robinson Crusoe on Mars movie that prompted Disney to write down its earnings last financial year by $200 million.

Ellen DeGeneres - fresh from her Australian adventure - also confirmed her involvement, saying: "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time.

"I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it.

"The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory."

Finding Dory joins a long line-up of sequels scheduled for Pixar. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio also has three Toy Story films and two Cars instalments in the works.


Monsters University, a prequel to the 2001 hit Monsters Inc, is scheduled for release in June.

Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and took in $US921 million worldwide.

The movie was the first Pixar production to win the Academy Award for best animated feature after the category was added in 2001.

Pixar films have gone on to dominate, winning the Oscar seven years out of 12.

- with AP