It’s been three months since we learned that 16-year-old Peruvian actress Isabela Moner will be strapping on Dora’s backpack for the Michael Bay live-action take on Dora the Explorer. Now, we’ve got the first look at Moner as a teenaged version of the beloved animated character.
In a photo Moner shared of herself on the film set in Australia, we can see that the character is apparently still sporting the same outfit and haircut as the 7 year-old Dora.
Dora the Explorer was the first major Latina character many young adults saw on television, and it’s been unclear how the show’s loyal fans would respond to the character’s teenage makeover. So far, reactions are mixed – with some excited to see the multi-cultural franchise expanding, others simply baffled, and a good amount of Michael Bay action movie jokes thrown in for good measure. (Let’s not forget Funny or Die’s prescient 2012 spoof of what a grown up Dora would be like.)
Check out some of the reactions below.
Dora the Explorer hits theaters August 2, 2019.