Next summer brings the release of Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. In anticipation, cast and crew members previewed the film during Disney’s annual D23 Expo on Friday.
Ellen DeGeneres will return to voice the film’s titular fish, Dory. She’ll once again be joined by Albert Brooks (Marlin), William DaFoe (Gill) and Vicki Lewis (Deb), as well as new cast members Ed O’Neill (an octopus named Frank), Ty Burrell (a beluga whale named Bailey), Kaitlin Olson (a whale shark named Destiny), and Diane Keaton (as Dory’s mother Jenny). Hayden Rolence will voice Nemo.
Taking place six months after the events of Finding Nemo, Finding Dory is about Dory’s escape from an ocean sanctuary facility after she is separated from Marlin and Nemo during a quest to find her forgotten family.
Said director Andrew Stanton, “I wanted to know that if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be okay, that she would find her way home,” he said. “And at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”
Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17th, 2016.