Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty might be sharing the screen again, sort of. But instead of confronting each other on the mean streets of Baltimore, they’ll be taking to the sea.
Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week.
“I saw Idris recently,” West said in the interview. “We’re both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that.” Elba is also voicing the role of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book, which is currently filming.
The interesting thing here is that West implies that he and Elba were in the studio at the same time, which hopefully means that their unknown characters will have scenes together. While the wild speculation continues, why not also assume that the only reason Pixar would want to do this is to make some sort of Wire joke, but a totally clever and subtle one in the vein of The Shining nods in Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3, or the various 2001: A Space Odyssey winks in WALL-E—this isn’t a Shrek movie, after all (sorry, Shrek). The parents tugging their tots along to theaters need something to laugh at too (and the kids need something that they can “get” years later).
Or, maybe Finding Dory is a gritty David Simon-style epic crime drama delving into the deep-seated corruption and institutional blight of the underwater creatures working for and against the system. The official log line does still read: “the plot of this movie, a sequel to Finding Nemo, is unknown.”
Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane are co-directing the sequel, which sees the return of Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory and Albert Brooks’ Marlin and introduces Dory’s parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell). It’s set to hit theaters on June 17, 2016, and, even if it’s not currently a dark Wire spinoff, there’s probably still time to fix the oversight.
Disney did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.