Welsh actor Michael Sheen just let on that he’s joining the cast of “Finding Dory.”
The movie, which counts as one of 2016’s most-awaited animated releases, joining Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Secret Life Of Pets, will hit the theatres in June of 2016. Entertainment blogs were quick to point out that it seemed odd for the production to announce how a new cast member is joining, but as Empire Online points out, Pixar is known for changing its cast line-up at the last minute, so this announcement comes as no surprise.
Michael Sheen has not revealed which character he’s voicing, however. Empire Online points out that the actor may be re-dubbing one character for the British release of the movie.
“Finding Dory” is the much awaited follow-up to “Finding Nemo,” which was released in 2003, a whole 13 years ago. “Dory” was originally voiced by Ellen Degeneres, and the talk show star is reprising her role this time as the animation film’s star. Director Andrew Stanton expressed why it took so long to put the movie together in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. It matters not, however, because the film is in its final stages now in spite of the surprise new addition to the cast.
Michael Sheen has mostly worked with theatre and played major roles in “Frost/Nixon” and “The Damned United.” He also played a supporting character in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” He has been nominated for 13 theatre awards and won three.
He has also been nominated for 21 film awards, and won 8 out of that 21. Michael Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. The appointment was for the 2009 New Year Honours list for his services to drama. The honorific title Michael Sheen received is fourth from the top, in terms of the levels of knighthood. He has also received other awards, and is active in philanthropy.
A stellar man in a stellar, much awaited movie. Exciting news, indeed.
Which character will Michael Sheen play in Finding Dory? Will it be a forgettable guy? Will Dory remember Sheen’s character? We find out on June 16, 2016 in Australia and June 17, 2016 in the United States.