Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx)

Soul is a Disney Pixar Animation film. Pete Docter and Kemp Powers are co-directors of the movie.


Voice cast

Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner
Ramone Hamilton as young Joe Gardner
Tina Fey as 22
Graham Norton as Moonwind
Rachel House as Terry
Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fortune Feimster and Zenobia Shroff as the five soul counsellors in the Great Before named Jerry
Phylicia Rashad as Libba Gardner
Donnell Rawlings as Dez
Questlove as Lamont “Curley” Baker
Angela Bassett as Dorothea Williams


Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) lands the gig of his life at the best jazz club in town. However, one misstep lands Joe in The Great Before. There, he meets soul 22 (Tina Fey), and together they try to find the answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

Statement by Pete Docter

Joe Gardner wants more than anything to become a professional jazz pianist. So when he’s offered a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with one of the greats, Joe feels he’s reached the top of the ultimate mountain. However, one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before.

In our story, everyone is born with a soul. And those souls don’t just show up unprepared, they’re trained and given personality and interests.

Kemp Powers statement

Sometimes souls have a little bit of trouble finding that special spark to earn their way to Earth.
The Counselors at The Great Before call on mentors to help inspire these souls—extraordinary people in history like Abraham Lincoln. And 2 that’s worked for every single soul except 22, who’s a bit like a petulant pre-teen. And she definitely, without a doubt, has no desire to go to Earth.

Release date

The film will be available on Disney+ on December 25, 2020.

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