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Natalie Portman to narrate nature series “Dolphin Reef” for Disney+

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman has been tapped to narrate Disneynature’s latest feature doc Dolphin Reef, which is set to bow on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ when it launches ...
April 23, 2019

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman has been tapped to narrate Disneynature’s latest feature doc Dolphin Reef, which is set to bow on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ when it launches in November.

The film offers a character-driven look at Pacific bottlenose dolphins and their habitats through the dolphin Echo and his family and the coral reef they call home.

Keith Scholey, who directed Disneynature’s Bears, is directing.

Portman previously appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Marvel’s Thor and Thor: The Dark World, before both franchises were bought by Disney. She is known for roles in scripted films including Léon: The Professional, Garden State, Closer, Jackie and her Oscar-winning turn in Black Swan.

“Disneynature takes audiences to spectacular and remote places to share remarkable wildlife stories captured by our award-winning film crews,” said Paul Baribault, VP of Disneynature, in a statement. “Dolphin Reef takes us to a thriving coral reef—one of the most fascinating and dynamic habitats on Earth—to see the incredible creatures who consider reefs their home.”

Dolphin Reef premieres Nov. 12 on Disney+, alongside the Nat Geo series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, both launching with the new SVOD platform.

Disney announced the November launch date for Disney+ earlier this month, along with a US$6.99 per month price tag and a raft of included titles from Pixar, Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Nat Geo and the Star Wars franchise, along with 30 seasons of The Simpsons, all set launch when the streamer goes live Nov. 12.

Non-fiction projects rolling out during Disney+’s first year include The Magic of the Animal Kingdom, Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2, Marvel’s 616, Encore!, Ink & Paint, Earthkeepers (w/t), Be Our Chef, Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (w/t), Marvel’s Hero Project, (Re)Connect, Rogue Trip, Shop Class (w/t) and an as-yet untitled Walt Disney Imagineering docuseries.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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