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Finding Dory Reels In It’s Always Sunny Actress to Play New “Bruce”

What sweet (Dee) news!

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14:  (L-R) Actors Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson and Ellen DeGeneres of FINDING DORY took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) ORG XMIT: 565171445 ORIG FILE ID: 484053330

It’s already always sunny when you’re a forgetful fish who views the tank half full. But it sounds like the Finding Dory team is aiming to let even more sun shine into their leading lady’s life with some new cast additions!

At Disney’s D23 Expo on Friday, the cast and crew of Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo starring Ellen DeGeneres, announced that Modern Family guys Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell will voice two new under-the-sea creatures (Hank, a “cantankerous octopus,” and Bailey, a “misguided beluga whale”) for the film. Oh and Kaitlin Olsen, of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame, will essentially play this movie’s new “Bruce” (a.k.a. friendly shark).


To be more specific, Olsen will play Destiny, who is, as they say, “a kind-hearted whale shark.” Sounds like a bit of a change of pace from Sweet Dee on It’s Always Sunny, but a nice one in that it should allow Olsen to try out a sweeter side of her personality. Let’s just hope that Destiny, like Bruce, considers fish her friends and not her food! Because, hey, wouldn’t it be nice to see Dory make new lady friend? (Still love you Nemo, Marlin, Bruce and Crush!)

Great news is, Olsen is not the only actress joining the Finding Dory voice team. According to USA Today‘s D23 Expo report, Diane Keaton will play Dory’s mom, Jenny. (Her dad, Charlie, will be played by Eugene Levy). And Jenny should play a pivotal part in the movie because the plot revolves around Dory attempting to find her family.

It should be a pretty big year for Kaitlin Olsen, especially on the animated side of things. Not only is she attached to Finding Dory, but she’s also co-starring with Lake Bell in FX’s new lady-led animated comedy Cassius and Clay. Pretty soon she’s not even going to need to work those part-time shifts at Paddy’s Pub! (Actually please don’t leave It’s Always Sunny, Kaitlin! Charlie, Mac and Dennis need their Elaine Benes!)

In other Finding Dory news, please out this first photo from the movie, which comes out June 17, 2016. That’s O’Neill’s Hank pointing at our girl.

DO I KNOW YOU? -- In Disney•Pixar's "Finding Dory," everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new—and old—acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

(Images via  Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney, giphy)

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