As studios are currently scrambling to find ways to release their tentpole films in a pandemic, Disney has made the choice to bring the upcoming animation to its streaming service.
The film, which was initially slated to land November 20, has now been pushed back to Christmas Day, where subscribers to Disney Plus will be able to sit with friends and families and watch the film.
In international markets where Disney Plus isn’t currently or soon to be available, Soul will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced.
Soul stars Django Unchained and Ray actor, Jaime Foxx as music teacher Joe Gardner who suffers an untimely accident sending him to ‘The Great Before’. The film follows his journey to get back to his body on Earth by helping souls that exist in the space between life and death.
Director Pete Docter, known for Inside Out and Up, said: ‘The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane thing.
‘Soul investigates what’s really important in our lives, a question we’re all asking these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.’
Soul also stars 30 Rock’s Tina Fey with a score from The Social Networks’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Jazz music is set to be a big part of the film, with the Soul featuring new original music from musician Jon Batiste.
Soul’s shift to straight-to-streaming is another high profile move for major theatrical releases, causing further uncertainty for cinema chains. Last week, it was announced that the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, was getting delayed into April 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Soul is released on Disney Plus on December 25.
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