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Jamie Foxx Makes History as the First Ever Black Lead in a Pixar Movie

Jamie Foxx as Joe in Pixar's new film, Soul

A new animated film called Soul starring Jamie Foxx will be Pixar's first ever animated film with an African American as the lead actor. The film will also feature the voices of Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Tina Fey.
Directed by two-time Academy Award®-winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award®-nominee Dana Murray, Soul opens in theaters on June 19, 2020. According to Docter, the idea for the story is 23 years in the making.

Soul introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. Just when Joe thinks his dream might be within reach, a single unexpected step sends him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul.

That’s where he meets and ultimately teams up with 22, a soul who doesn’t think life on Earth is all it’s cracked up to be. Jamie Foxx lends his voice to Joe, while Tina Fey voices 22.

For more details about the film, visit https://www.pixar.com/soul