After a decade of begging Disney and Pixar for a sequel to the 2003 hit "Finding Nemo," Ellen DeGeneres "just kept swimming" and finally has her wish.
The comedian, who played the spacey surgeonfish Dory in the original, announced on her talk show on Tuesday that there would, in fact, be a sequel to "Finding Nemo" and that it would be called "Finding Dory." "Here's the good news: They say I'm one of the five top contenders to play the part of Dory," DeGeneres joked.
According to director Andrew Stanton, the story of "Finding Dory" will pick up one year after the original movie and will explore Dory's background, including some new characters that will be very important to her. "There is no Dory without Ellen," said Stanton. "She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world — not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn't stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In 'Finding Dory,' she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."
The announcements brings years of campaigning to an end for DeGeneres, who has made her hopes for a follow-up extremely well-known over the last decade, and during the big reveal, she poked fun at her dogged efforts.
"Kids, let that be a lesson to you: Anything is possible if you are patient and beg hard enough on national television," she said. "I'm excited that it's finally happening, and I read the script. It's fantastic. It's hilarious. It's warm. It's everything that you want it to be."
Disney-Pixar's "Finding Dory" is expected to hit theaters on November 25, 2015.