Who Is 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' Star Isabela Moner? The 17-Year-Old Actress Bringing Dora the Explorer to Life

While it's not an everyday occurrence to see DJ Khaled get slimed, another highlight from Saturday's Kid's Choice Awards was the debut trailer of Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Though the trailer doesn't seem to include Dora's conniving villain Swiper or her trusty sidekick Map, the adventurous now-teenaged explorer is still seen wearing her iconic pink shirt, orange shorts ensemble.

The film, which is set to premiere August 2, stars Michael Peña (Dora's father), Eva Longoria (Dora's mother), Danny Trejo (Boots) and Isabela Moner as Dora.

Moner is no stranger to the Nickelodeon franchise, having starred in the teen comedy series 100 Things To Do Before High School from 2014–2016. The 17-year-old is also known for her roles in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Transformers: The Last Knight and Instant Family.

The American and Peruvian actress is also a successful singer-songwriter. Featured on Top 10 US Latin charts in 2018 for her collaboration single "My Only One," the 17-year-old also wrote the song "I'll Stay," for the 2018 film Instant Family.

Moner first debuted herself as Dora via an Instagram post in August of last year where the comment section featured varying opinions of the live-action film.

"Please please don't do this movie ...You have such a promising career don't flush it down the drain," one commenter wrote at the time. "It's gonna be a train wreck and I hate to see a young Hispanic actress become a crash test dummy."

"Can't wait, amazing," another follower added.

While most commenters were concerned that Moner was "too old" to play the role of children's TV character, it looks like the film will only be loosely inspired by the cartoon. As Dora enters high school, it looks like the film will mainly be about her coming of age story, and no longer include elements from the popular 2000's cartoon–such as the "We Did It" jingle.

"I'm so excited for Dora, you don't understand," Moner told Forbes earlier this month. "I'm so excited for people to see the film because I really loved playing such a popular Latino character. I'm especially proud that she's not a stereotype."

"I think it'll do great mainstream because the whole dynamic is like the Buddy the Elf story, very fish out of water type of situation," she added. "She's kind of hyper like she is on the TV show and everyone else is really mellow and chilled out."

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