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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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