Benicio Del Toro is set to voice Swiper, the thieving fox, in Dora the Explorer. The actor just finalized his deal with the studio and he should begin work shortly. The casting is a late addition since filming recently wrapped in Australia, but since Swiper will be a CGI character, del Toro will do his voice work during the post-production process. Most voice work for CGI characters is done during the post-production period, so this is not out of the ordinary in the entertainment industry.
Isabela Moner stars as Dora, in a story that sees the character try and tackle her biggest mission yet: high school. The character has spent much of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, played by Michael Pena and Eva Longoria, who are trying to prepare her for high school. The movie sees Dora and Boots the monkey (her best friend) as well as Diego and a group of teens who go on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
It's believed that Benicio del Toro's Swiper the fox will be around trying to trip Dora and the rest of the group up as they embark on their mission together. Since Swiper likes to steal things, he'll probably get into some thieving action as well. It's going to be interesting to see how Dora the Explorer approaches the CGI characters like Boots and Swiper. Dora looks pretty accurate to the original cartoon, except for the fact that she's older, so the production may stick close to the source material when designing the CGI characters.
Additionally, we'll probably end up hearing Dora say, "Swiper, no swiping!" at least once (or three times) in the movie. Throughout the Dora the Explorer show, Swiper isn't really the most stealth thief around, often making a whisking sound before he appears to steal some of Dora's artifacts that help her mission. Since Benicio del Toro is on board, we might see Swiper get to the items before Dora can say her catchphrase three times in order to stop him. This could be a bit darker take on the villain, which would be pretty interesting for the family movie.
Dora the Explorer hits theaters on August 2nd, 2019. The project was first announced in 2017 when it was revealed that James Bobin was attached to direct with a screenplay written by Nicholas Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Filming started in Queensland, Australia during the first week of August and just wrapped two weeks ago. Hopefully a first look at some footage should arrive soon as the August release date approaches, giving fans a look at the cast together with their CGI friends and foes. Dora the Explorer is a huge franchise, so it's expected that the movie will be a pretty big hit upon its release. The Benicio del Toro news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.