Jennifer Lopez plans to produce Bob the Builder film set in Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez
Image caption,Jennifer Lopez will be among the new film’s co-producers

By Helen Bushby

Culture reporter

Jennifer Lopez is planning to take children’s TV favourite Bob the Builder to Puerto Rico as “Roberto” in a film the singer and actress will co-produce.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the box office success of another Mattel character, Barbie.

Roberto/Bob, whose catchphrase is “Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”, will be voiced by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos.

The film will “dig deeper into what it means to build” and will celebrate the Caribbean Latin nations, Mattel said.

Bob the Builder launched on BBC TV in 1999 and ran for 12 series.

Bob the Builder
Image caption,Bob the Builder has a can-do attitude

Voiced by Men Behaving Badly and Line of Duty star Neil Morrissey, the cheerful construction worker was also on global channels including Nick Jr and PBS Kids.

Our Zoo actor Lee Ingleby voiced Bob in the UK from 2015, as part of a Channel 5 makeover that saw computer-generated animation replace stop-motion.

In the show, Bob, his colleague Wendy and their friends “work together to get the job done”.

Ramos, who is also a co-producer, said he was “proud” to add elements of life “inspired by my own”.

He said it would be “a movie about friends working together, a celebration of a beautiful home they share, and how love can help to conquer any obstacle in your way”.

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