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OTRC: 'Finding Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' due in 2015, Ellen DeGeneres returning

A publicity image for the 2013 Walt Disney Company - Pixar movie 'Finding Dory.' (Walt Disney Pictures)

Ellen DeGeneres is going to just keep swimming, just keep swimming ... right back into theaters.

"Finding Dory," the anticipated sequel to the 2003 Disney-Pixar animated film "Finding Nemo," is set to hit theaters on Nov. 25, 2015 and will see the comedienne and talk show host reprise her role as the blue tang fish with short-term memory loss.

"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a Walt Disney Studios statement to OTRC.com on Tuesday, April 2. "I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating 'Toy Story 16.' But the time they took was worth it."

It was reported in August 2012 that DeGeneres was in talks to reprise her role as Dory in a "Finding Nemo" sequel. "Finding Dory" takes place a year after "Finding Nemo," which made more than $921 million worldwide and was re-released in 3D last year (watch trailer). The movie also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

"Finding Nemo" was about a young clownfish Nemo's odyssey to find his way back home to his dad, Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks. The white and orange duo will also appear in "Finding Dory," as will the Tank Gang -- a diverse group of fish Nemo lived with while in capticity in an aquarium in a dentist's office in Australia.

"Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory's life," Walt Disney Studios said about "Finding Dory."

"The script is fantastic," DeGeneres said. "And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is -- it's got a lot more Dory."

Director and writer Andrew Stanton, who wrote "Finding Nemo" as well as Disney's 2012 film "John Carter" and Disney-Pixar's animated "Toy Story" movies and "WALL-E," is directing "Finding Dory."

"There is no Dory without Ellen," he said. "She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world -0 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."

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