‘Finding Nemo 2’ update: Ellen DeGeneres in talks to return

Talk show host set to reprise her role as Dory, a reef fish with temporary amnesia

Finding Nemo 2 has reportedly moved forward to the voice casting stage.

In June (2012), it emerged that Pixar is making a sequel to the underwater animated adventure. Released in 2003, Finding Nemo grossed more than $878 million (£562 million) at the worldwide box office and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Original director Andrew Stanton will return for the follow-up, which is set for a 2016 release. The sequel is being produced by Lindsey Collins, who also worked with Stanton on 2008’s WALL-E, with a script by rookie screenwriter Victoria Strouse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen DeGeneres is now in talks to reprise her role from the first film. DeGeneres gave voice to Dory, a reef fish with temporary amnesia, in the original Finding Nemo.

It is not known whether other members of the Finding Nemo voice cast are in negotiations to return. Actors including Eric Bana, Willem Dafoe, Alison Janney and Geoffrey Rush also leant their voices to the original film’s menagerie of sea creatures. The title role was voiced by child actor Alexander Gould, who went on to appear in US comedy show Weeds and is now 18 years old.