Have you seen the first full trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Soul? Starring NAACP-winner Jamie Foxx, it’s the first Pixar film featuring a Black lead.
One of our favourite multi-hyphenates in the business, Foxx is well known as an accomplished actor, singer, comedian, writer and producer. He is now leading the heart-warming animation, the first time a Black character is at the centre of a Pixar movie.
Foxx joins an all-star cast including Questlove, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs and Phylicia Rashad who plays his mother.
Soul follows the story of middle-school band teacher Joe Gardner, played by Foxx, who gets his dream to finally play at the best jazz club in New York City. Euphoric at finally getting his big chance, everything goes belly-up when a small miss-step causes him to land in a fantasy place where, as Black Film describes: “ …new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.”
“Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you?”
The film benefits from the glorious technicolour vibrancy of previous Disney/Pixar films and is sure to be a favourite with both children and the young at heart with its whimsical exploration of how we all discover our unique personalities. As the film’s promo suggests: “Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you?”
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We’re looking forward to seeing this one. And so is Foxx. In an Instagram post, he said he is: “Honoured to be the first ever African American lead in a Pixar film. I cannot wait for you all to see this beautiful story.”