TOY STORY 4 Gets a New Trailer with More Footage, a Poster, and Keanu Reeves Talks About Duke Caboom
by Joey Paur
Disney has released a brand new international trailer for Pixar’s Toy Story 4, and it offers up a good amount of fun new footage from the movie. One of the things that it highlights is Woody's relationship with Forky, and Forky is clearly going to bring some great comedy to the movie.
There’s also a new poster for the film that was shared that I included for you below the trailer. Then in an interview with EW, Keanu Reeves opens up about playing the new ‘70s-inspired Toy Story character Duke Caboom. Reeves explains:
“I wanted to make sure I didn’t do anything that would go into Tim Allen’s space as Buzz Lightyear. That was one thing I was really paying attention to when I was thinking about the character and how he would talk. So I made Duke a little more gravelly but still tried to give him energy and a big personality.… I just thought that Duke should love what he does. He’s the greatest stuntman in Canada! I wanted him to be constantly doing poses on the bike while he was talking, to have this great extroverted passion.”
Apparently during a meeting with Pixar, Reeves jumped onto the table in the middle of the studio to express his ideas about Duke’s Evel Knievel-inspired physicality. Director Josh Cooley said:
“Once Keanu came to the table, he was just asking all of these great questions about the character… and it made us realize that we weren’t digging deep enough for this character and there’s a real opportunity to have him support Woody’s story in a much bigger way.”
Reeves went on to talk about Duke’s tragic backstory, saying:
“Every kid has their toy, and Duke let his kid down when he couldn’t do what the commercial said he could. So he’s a wounded person! He’s needing to have some, I don’t know, catharsis. Some feeling. I wanted him to have a real sensitivity and a soft heart.… I also saw him as a character that has a really wide dramatic bandwidth in the sense of being so big. ‘Kaboom! Kapow! Let’s go!’ But who can also then share his wounds, like, ‘You have a kid? I had a kid. I let him down!’ And he can get quiet. So it was really a lot to play with on the playground.”
In case you’re wondering how big of a role Duke Caboom has in the film, Reeves reveals that he ends up being an important part of trying to save Woody and Bo’s mission.
“They take his skills as a motorcycle daredevil and ask him to confront his fear of failure in order to help the greater good.”
It sounds like Duke is going to make a great new character! A perfect character for Reeves to bring to life. Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21st, 2019.
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Toy Story 4 also stars Patricia Arquette, Joan Cusack, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele. It was directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date).