A new Pixar animated film may sound particularly Philadelphian, courtesy of the voice talents of Philly area natives Tina Fey and Questlove.
Fey and Questlove are set to star Soul, an upcoming movie from the Disney-owned animation studio that is to be released next summer, Variety reports. Announced at this past weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., which Upper Darby Native Fey and West Philly’s Questlove attended, the movie also features stars including Jamie Foxx, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs.
Directed by Up’s Pete Docter, Soul follows protagonist Joe Gardner (Foxx), a middle school music teacher who is separated from his soul after accidentally stepping into an open sewer grate. From there, Gardner’s soul winds up at the You Seminar, a kind of afterlife academy where the departed learn to develop passions before being placed in the bodies of newborns, The Wrap reports.
“I like that Pixar isn’t afraid to talk about big, heavy topics with a young audience, because they get it,” Fey told Variety of the film. “They’re open to thinking about big things — life, death, what happens to us before, what happens to us after.”
Questlove, meanwhile, told the publication in a cast interview that Soul is “a story of expectations and living your best life and fulfillment.”
“For me, it’s also education and music, so it’s a combination of a lot of things that are right up the alley of the classics that were in Up and Inside Out and all the other Pete Docter magical films,” Questo added.