In an interview Wednesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Allen said that the movie will introduce several new toys “that will surprise you”, including one voiced by Reeves.
“Keanu Reeves has got a great part in it. Inside story, even the fun, gentle guy that he is, even he said, ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that, and so they had to calm them down,” he said.
Allen also implied that the toy played by Reeves will be smaller in size than Buzz Lightyear or Woody, but did not offer any additional details about the character.
So far, we’ve been introduced to three new characters that will appear in the film.
Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, is a spork facing an identity crisis after having been made into a toy by Bonnie. He sports pipe cleaners as arms and googly eyes. Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, are carnival prizes eager to be won who join Buzz and Woody on an unexpected adventure.
Wednesday is not the first time Allen has spoken publicly about “Toy Story 4.” Earlier this year, he discussed the emotional ending to the film, saying he couldn’t get through the scene. He reiterated those feelings during the interview with Fallon.
“The last scene of that movie, I couldn’t get through it and I thought there were pages after it. I read it and I had to turn around from looking at it in the studio. It was so emotional. It’s a ‘Scarlet, I don’t give a damn’ moment,” Allen said, referencing the famed line from “Gone with the Wind.”
Tom Hanks has also spoken publicly about the emotional ending to the film, calling it “a moment in history.”
So far, Disney has released the following details about the plot of the movie, which hits theaters on June 21, 2019:
Woody 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. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”).