The Latest: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey join cast of Pixar’s ‘Soul’

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Walt Disney Co.’s biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are lending their voices to the new Pixar film “Soul.”

Director Pete Docter announced the cast for the upcoming jazz-themed film Saturday at Disney’s D23 fan convention in Anaheim that also includes Questlove, Daveed Diggs and Phylicia Rashad.

Docter, in his first appearance on stage as the chief creative officer of the shop behind “Toy Story,” says that “Soul” imagines that every human attends a pre-birth seminar where they’re given quirks, interests and passions.

Foxx voices the lead character Joe, who is a jazz musician and middle school band teacher.

Jon Batiste is contributing original songs for the film and Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are doing the score.

“Soul” hits theaters in June 2020.


10:50 a.m.

Writer and director Ryan Coogler says that “Black Panther 2” will hit theaters on May 6, 2022. Coogler made an appearance Saturday at the Walt Disney Co.’s D23 fan convention in Anaheim.

Coogler said he wasn’t ready to reveal a title or a plot yet for the highly anticipated sequel to “Black Panther,” which became a cultural phenomenon and grossed over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also announced that Kit Harington is joining the cast of “The Eternals,” which will reunite him with his “Game of Thrones” co-star Richard Madden. Harington is playing a non-Eternal named Dane. “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan has also joined the cast of the Marvel project which includes Angelina Jolie.


10:45 a.m.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says that “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker” is going to be an incredibly good time.

Nearly 7,000 people got a look Saturday at a new poster and some new footage from the film at the Walt Disney Co.’s biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim.

The film which opens in theaters nationwide Dec. 20 closes out the over 40-year-old Skywalker saga. Kennedy was joined on the convention stage by writer-director J.J. Abrams and stars including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels.

R2-D2 evoked the most applause from the excited audience.

Abrams said that the late Carrie Fisher is also part of “Episode IX” thanks to unused footage from “Episode VII.”

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