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Pixar Casts MCU Heroes In Their New Film 'Onward'

By Jodi Smith | Industry | December 12, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | December 12, 2018 |


I refuse to acknowledge Toy Story 4, so the next effort from Pixar Studios is set to be Onward. The flick follows two elf brothers that set off in search of any magic left in the world. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt will play the elf brothers leading the film while Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer are playing characters not mentioned in the sparse synopsis.

Interesting note: In a new study conducted by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Shift7, a tech firm, over a three year period found that women-led films make more money than those led by men.

Onward hasn’t released the names of any of the characters, but plot points revealed in the 2017 D23 panel provide more clues about the movie. Where there was once real magic in the world, technology took over due to its relative ease compared to the hard work of sorcery.

Another aside from Deadline:

Among films costing $50 million to $100 million, worldwide box office for women-led films averaged $318 million compared with $243 million for men. For the top budget category of $100 million and up, women-led titles collected $586 million compared with $514 million for men.

Holland and Pratt navigate their world filled with unicorns, humans, and other mystical creatures because they want to spend one more day with their father. A magical day.

One more thing: Movies that pass the Bechdel Test are more likely to surpass a worldwide box office of $1 billion. Since 2012, only films that feature women speaking to each other about things other than men have made $1 billion or more worldwide.

Pixar alumnus Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is helming Onward and its planned release date is March 6, 2020. It will be interesting to get more details as the project moves forward.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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