Details on Pixar Animation Studios next original film Coco were revealed on Tuesday after a few years of secrecy surrounding the project. As the famed studio begins ramping up production on a bevy of sequels to their beloved titles, we were treated to more information on the mysterious new original project. Entertainment Weekly revealed a concept art image as well some casting details and plot description for the new animated film.
Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal (Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle) will headline an all-latino cast which include newcomer Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez will play the films lead, a 12-year-old Mexican boy named Miguel. EW also revealed Gonzalez was chosen to be the lead voice after his voice was used for test footage on the new film.
The story is centered around the Mexican tradition of the Day of The Dead and Miguel’s musical ambitions despite his parents distaste for it. Miguel’s family are the only ones who don’t play music in their very musical Mexican village as they believe they are cursed by it according to the EW article.
Bernal will play Hector, a trickster who teams up with Miguel on his journey while Bratt plays Miguel’s favorite singer whom he decides to impersonate which transports him to the Land of The Dead. It is there Miguel encounters the souls of his own family as he chases his dreams.
The film is being produced by Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson. Unkrich spoke about the film and it’s details but noted the importance of casting.
“It was important to us from day one that we had an all-Latino cast,” said Unkrich who along with Anderson produced Toy Story 3. “It focused us, and we ended up with a fantastic mix of people — some from Mexico and some from Los Angeles.”
EW revealed their visit to Pixar was full of information about the film but for now the concept art is the only visual we have from the film which hits theaters on November 22, 2017.
Pixar’s next outing will be Cars 3 which opens on June 16, 2017.