Willem Dafoe confirms he’s returning for ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel

'Finding Dory' is now scheduled to swim into cinemas in June 2016

Willem Dafoe has confirmed he is returning for the sequel to Finding Nemo.

In the 2003 original Dafoe provided the voice of Gill – the black, white and yellow Moorish Idol fish – and he will reprise his role in Finding Dory. “I’ve already started,” Dafoe told Total Film. “It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic.”

Finding Dory had been scheduled to open in cinemas on November 25, 2015 but will now arrive nearly eight months later on June 17, 2016, Pixar announced last month (September). It’s been delayed to make way for another Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, whose own release date has been pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015 following a change of director.

The sequel is set about a year after the original film and Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang are all set to return alongside a shoal of new characters. Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy have recently signed up to join Ellen DeGeneres and now Dafoe in the voice cast.

Released in May 2003, Finding Nemo grossed over $878 million (£562 million) at the box office worldwide and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Plans for a sequel first emerged last summer (2012).