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Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2013

Willem Dafoe confirms his return for ‘Finding Dory’ saying ‘better than first’

The kingpin of Nemo’s fishtank will be back in 2016.

The Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe recently confirmed he will be reprising his role as Gill, the scared Moorish Idol who previously lived in an Australian dentist office, in the 2016 sequel to Finding Nemo: Finding Dory.

Finding-Nemo-Gill-Willem-Dafoe photoTotal Film exclusively got Dafoe to talk about the film saying that “I’ve already started. It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic. It’s good to say I think it’s going to be better than the first; that’s good advertising.”

Even Dafoe knows it will be hard to find the same success years later.

“It’s difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it’s really cool. I’ve done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time.”

Gill and the rest of the Tank Gang escape the dentist office and end up in the ocean. Their freedom at the end of the first film doesn’t put them back on the reef with Nemo, Dory and Marlin.

Fans will be interested to see how their lives have changed and how they help the story of the sequel, which is about Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) searching for her family.

Finding Dory, originally scheduled for 2015 release, will now be released June 17, 2016.

Dafoe joins returning actors DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and others along with new characters played by Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton  and Ty Burrell. 

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