Disney Pixar’s Soul has first Black Lead


Just announced at the D23 Expo, Jamie Foxx will play Joe Garner, the first black lead in a Pixar film! Soul is coming to theaters on June 19, 2020.

The film journeys from the streets of New York City to the never-before-seen cosmic realms and “The You Seminar,” the fantastical place where we all discover our unique personalities.

The first footage from Soul starts with Joe, a piano player and middle school music teacher, auditioning at a famous jazz club. Unfortunately, he winds up falling in a manhole (after avoiding many other accidents) and his soul drops into an empty environment full of nothingness.

Other cast members include Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Digs, and Questlove. Soul is directed by Pete Doctor. 

Fey plays 22, a soul-in-training who has an unexpected encounter with Joe when he accidentally finds his way to the “You Seminar.” Together, the two are going to find a way to get Joe back to Earth, making him think again about what it truly means to have soul. Filmmakers also revealed that globally renowned musician Jon Batiste will be writing original jazz music for the film, and Oscar®-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”), from Nine Inch Nails, will compose an original score that will drift between the real and soul worlds. Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” opens in U.S. theaters on June 19, 2020.

22, voiced by Tina Fey

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