Disney and Pixar announced that Jamie Foxx will be the lead actor in its film Soul, scheduled for release in June 2020. It’s the first time an African American has played a lead role in a Pixar animation.
The film synopsis asks, “Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you? Soul takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.”
Joe Gardner (played by Foxx) is a middle school band director and a jazz lover. After several attempts Gardner finally gets accepted to play at a highly regarded New York City jazz club, only to die shortly after. That’s just the beginning. The rest takes place when his soul goes on to the lands beyond and he meets up with other souls up above.
Several clips have been released through the Walt Disney Studio Twitter account.