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Ellen DeGeneres expressed her excitement about Pixar’s formal announcement there would be a follow-up to 2003’s Finding Nemo starring her character, Dory, called Finding Dory.
The comedienne and talk show host made the announcement to her fans on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, joking, “Here's the good news: They say I'm one of the five top contenders to play the part of Dory,” MTV News reports.
Director Andrew Stanton says about the sequel, which will take place over 10 years later but will pick up just a year after the story ended, had only praise for DeGeneres.
“There is no Dory without Ellen. She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world — not to mention our team here at Pixar,” he said. “One thing we couldn't stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In 'Finding Dory,' she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."
DeGeneres also joked to her audience, “Kids, let that be a lesson to you: Anything is possible if you are patient and beg hard enough on national television," she said. "I'm excited that it's finally happening, and I read the script. It's fantastic. It's hilarious. It's warm. It's everything that you want it to be."
Finding Dory will hit the big screen in 2015.