Benicio Del Toro Will Play This Villainous Fox In The DORA THE EXPLORER Movie

Not in costume, sadly.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, terrifyingly intense actor Benicio del Toro has officially signed on to play Swiper Fox, the lead villain in Paramount Players' forthcoming Dora The Explorer movie. Sadly, this will be a vocal performance; Benicio del Toro will not be appearing in a full-on fox costume.

Dora The Explorer aired on Nickelodeon between 2000 and 2014, which means I am entirely unfamiliar with the property outside of, say, memes and whatever clips I may have randomly seen online over the years. This also means I had no idea who or what a "Swiper Fox" was before heading on over to the Dora The Explorer Wiki, which had the following to share:

"Swiper is the main antagonist in the television series and appears in nearly every single episode. He is a sneaky orange fox. As his name implies, Swiper steals or attempts to steal key items that help Dora on her adventures. Clever as he is, Swiper never manages to take Dora completely by surprise; an ominous "whisking" sound is always audible just prior to his appearances."

Huh. This is a super weird coincidence, but I've always heard that Benicio del Toro also makes an ominous "whisking" sound when entering a room, presumably because he is frequently sharpening knives to stab unsuspecting enemies with. Perhaps that's how he landed the part?

Anyway, Dora The Explorer has finished filming, but is now headed into a lengthy post-production period where all the CGI elements will be added to the live-action footage. For those curious about the plot, THR offers the following synopsis:

"The film’s story sees a high school-bound Dora finding herself leading Boots (a monkey and her best friend), Diego and a rag-tag group of teens on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost Inca civilization."

Sure, that sounds fine. 

Dora The Explorer (which also stars Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, Adriana Barraza, Temuera Morrison, and - in the titular role - Isabela Moner) will hit theaters on August 2nd of next year. While we're waiting on that to arrive, lemme ask: are y'all even interested in this movie? Do we need to keep covering it, or do you think can we go ahead and skip the future updates? Let us know in the comments below.