Pantelion Films

The upcoming live-action retelling of beloved kids TV series "Dora the Explorer" is set to be a family affair: Eva Longoria has joined the flick as Dora's mom.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Longoria will be playing Eva, mother of Isabela Moner's titular character. While the animated Nickelodeon series focused on Dora's adventures as a young girl, this new film will pick up with our heroine as a teen, about to enter high school.

Dora's relationship with her parents serves as another driving plot point. Here's the film's official logline to explain how:

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.

That's a lot of plot to pack into one film, but thankfully, James Bobin -- who helmed the delightful 2011 reboot "The Muppets" -- is sitting in the director's chair. We're cautiously optimistic that this odd-on-paper reimagining can succeed under his guidance.

In addition to Moner and Longoria, "Dora" also stars Eugenio DerbezNicholas Coombe, Madeleine MaddenAdriana Barraza, and Temuera Morrison. It's shooting now in Australia, and due in theaters on August 2, 2019.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]