In the midst of the World Health Organization declaring a global coronavirus pandemic, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson contracting the virus on a shoot for Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis Presley film (as per Deadline), Disney and Pixar deliver one comfort: The new trailer for the forthcoming film Soul.
Soul will be the first Pixar film to star a black actor. Jamie Foxx plays Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher who just secures a potentially life-changing gig, until he steps into a manhole and dies—well, sort of.
Pixar released the first teaser for Soul back on Nov. 7. The original gave more of an inspirational vibe. There’s a voiceover of Foxx’s character saying, “Don’t waste your time on all the junk of life. Spend your precious hours doing what will bring out the real you,” tuned to sequences of traffic and corporate life. The new trailer updates viewers on the lure of “The Great Before,” where souls develop personality traits before joining with bodies on earth.
In the new trailer, Joe enters this mysterious, pre-Earth world. There, he meets another soul called 22 (a delightfully cynical Tina Fey), and tries to prove that Earth is more than she makes it out to be. Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs and Questlove also have roles in a film that tries to reunite Joe’s soul with his body and answer 22’s existential question: “Is all this living really worth dying for?”
Soul is directed by Pete Docter, scripted by writers Kemp Powers and Mike Jones, and produced by Dana Murray. Disney and Pixar are currently dominating the box office with Onward, another story about mortality, as two young elf brothers use magic to try to bring their deceased father back to life.
Soul comes to theaters on June 19.
Watch the trailer below.