We have been waiting for over a decade for a sequel to Finding Nemo and so we were overjoyed when new cast details of Finding Dory were released over the weekend at the D23 Expo.

New Cast revealed for Finding Dory

During the D23 Expo on Saturday, Ellen DeGeneres, who plays our favourite Disney fish Dory, took to the stage to announce some of the new cast for the sequel.

The new film is set six months after the previous instalment, forgetful fish Dory suddenly remembers something: her family. Her parents, Charlie (voiced by Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Dianne Keaton) are at an ocean sanctuary facility in Monterey, California, where wounded animals are treated and re-released into the wild. Once Dory remembers they are there, she has to go back to see them. Accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets off an adventure to find her family.

Along the way she meets a beluga whale voiced by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, Hank an octopus (who is actually a septapus because he’s missing a tentacle) voiced by Modern Family’s Ed Neil and a whale shark named Destiny voiced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson.

At the helm is Finding Nemo’s co-director Andrew Stanton, who thought the story was finished with the first film, but realised due to the popularity of Dory, there was scope to make a second film and to base it around her lovable character.

Speaking about returning to the sea for Finding Dory, he said, “I wanted to know that if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK, that she would find her way home,” Stanton continued, “and at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”

Check out one of the stills from the new film that was posted onto Disney‘s Twitter page:

Entertainment Weekly posted a short description of a clip shown from the film at the expo. The video featured Dory being revived after a fainting spell, muttering about needing to go to Monterey, California. Nemo hears her and despite knowing the vast distance from the Great Barrier Reef to California, he pleads with Marlin, “Dad, you can get us all the way across the ocean, right?” Marlin sighs, “No… But I know a guy,” he says as the clip ends.

Finding Dory is set to hit cinemas June 2016.

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