Details on Pixar’s upcoming Onward have been scant, but the film will be here sooner than you know it. We’ve got Toy Story 4 coming in summer 2019 and then we’ll have the first Pixar movie ever released in the first quarter of the year (although it Disney chooses to slide it back towards the summer, I wouldn’t be surprised). The new film from Monsters University director Dan Scanlon is “set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney•Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.”
Now we know who will be leading the upcoming movie as Disney has sent out a press release revealing the lead voice cast. The film will star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. None of these actors are strangers to animation with Pratt serving as the lead voice of Emmet in The LEGO Movie and the upcoming The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Holland as a voice in the upcoming Spies in Disguise, and Spencer as the voice of Mrs. Otterton in Zootopia. For Louis-Dreyfus, Onward marks a Pixar reunion as she previously voiced Atta in A Bug’s Life.
Check out the press release below. Onward opens March 6, 2020.
CHRIS PRATT, TOM HOLLAND, JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
AND OCTAVIA SPENCER JOIN VOICE CAST FOR PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS’ UPCOMING ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM “ONWARD”
BURBANK, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Pixar Animation Studios revealed today four members of its voice cast for its original new feature film “Onward,” including Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Tom Holland (“Spiderman: Homecoming”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”). Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, the team behind 2013’s “Monsters University,” “Onward” is slated for theaters on March 6, 2020.
Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney•Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” said Scanlon. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”
According to the filmmakers, they’ve assembled a dream voice cast to help bring key characters to life.
“Chris brings equal parts huge heart and fantastic humor to his character,” said Rae.
“Tom has an infectious charm and sincerity that makes you root for him in every character he plays,” said Scanlon.
“There is no one funnier than Julia,” said Scanlon, “but she also brings a warmth and loving side to her character.”
“Octavia can do it all,” said Rae. “We’re especially excited about the depth as well as humor that she brings to her character.”