Pixar Announces Upcoming Feature Onward

By Beth Deitchman

As 2018 winds to a close, we’re looking Onward—to 2020, when an original new feature from Pixar is slated to open in theaters. Today, Pixar Animation Studios revealed four members of the film’s voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt

Onward is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, the team behind Monsters University. The film is set in a suburban fantasy world and 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.”

The filmmakers assembled a dream voice cast—theirs and ours—to bring Onward’s key characters to life. Of Pratt, Rae said,  “Chris brings equal parts huge heart and fantastic humor to his character.” She also enthused about Spencer, “Octavia can do it all. We’re especially excited about the depth as well as humor that she brings to her character.”

Scanlon had this to say about Tom Holland: “Tom has an infectious charm and sincerity that makes you root for him in every character he plays.” He added, “There is no one funnier than Julia, but she also brings a warmth and loving side to her character.”

Onward is set to open in a theater near you on March 6, 2020.