Disney’s ‘Soul’ to Skip Theaters for Christmas Premiere on Disney+

Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey’s upcoming animated movie “Soul” will be available on Disney+ come Christmas.

On Thursday, Disney announced that the highly anticipated flick will skip theaters and will instead be available on their streaming platform for the holidays.

In countries where Disney+ is not available, “Soul” will be released in movie theaters, though a date has not yet been announced.

“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement.

“A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”

The film stars Foxx as a middle school music teacher named Joe whose dream is to become a jazz performer.

Before he can achieve fame and success, Joe suffers an accident that causes his soul to separate from his body. He is then taken to The Great Before — a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth.

There, Joe meets a soul named 22, voiced by Fey, and tries to teach 22 about the values of being human and why his soul must return to his body.

The film was originally set to hit theaters in June but was pushed back to November 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The comedy also stars Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett, and Daveed Diggs.

“Soul” will be available on Disney+ at no additional cost.


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