At Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, fans learned more about the upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo, entitled Finding Dory. This time around, an accident sparks Dory’s (Ellen DeGeneres) memory of her family. She, along with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (who can finally tell his Grandma what movie he did) set off on an adventure to find her family. The cast includes Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
I got a chance to chat with O’Neill, director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins at the Expo. O’Neill told us that he’s playing a disgruntled octopus and, despite the fact that he’s a main character, he doesn’t know that much about the film. He wasn’t given the entire script, like most of the actors. He just got what he was voicing. Stanton told us about what sets Dory on her path. “It’s a few months after the end of the first movie. Suddenly, because of a little accident, has a sudden memory of what her parents look like, sound like, and she suddenly has to scratch that itch to go find them. She convinces Marlin and Nemo to help her because she doesn’t think she can do it on her own. She has short term memory loss. They travel far to a whole new part of the world, meeting a whole new cast of characters to try to figure out who her parents are and where they are.”
Collins talked about recasting Nemo. “It doesn’t really work, having a 21-year-old Nemo,” she said. “We cast Nemo to be Hayden Rolence, who is an 11-year-old in Chicago. He can finally tell his grandmother. Poor kid has been told not to tell anybody, so he can finally tell. He’s been keeping the secret for a long time.”
Finding Dory will hit theaters on June 17, 2016.